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When a preceptor tells you you have a FM personality.. What does it mean?


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I tend to think that family doctors are much more interested in spending time getting to know their patients on a deeper level, often inquiring about their family lives, social supports, social determinants of health,  and genuinely looking at the bigger picture. Interviews and patient interactions are slower paced and emphasize a strong patient-physician relationship. A lot of specialists who are more time-limited (even as residents and medical students) just want to get to the main point of the problem, fix it, and move on without much thought to all else going on in their patients lives.

If it is a family doctor telling you this, consider it a compliment, if its a surgeon telling you this, still not a bad thing but consider moving a bit faster.

*Note this is just a broad generalization and not every family doc/specialist is like this*

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On 10/22/2020 at 4:47 AM, robclem21 said:

Interviews and patient interactions are slower paced and emphasize a strong patient-physician relationship. A lot of specialists who are more time-limited (even as residents and medical students) just want to get to the main point of the problem, fix it, and move on without much thought to all else going on in their patients lives.

FM in most FFS settings is not slower paced haha.      I would take a day in GIM clinic over FM clinic  any day. Better paid, more time to think and digest, and not rushing onto the next one.     When GIM clinics are "time limited" it's because they want to make more money and/or they have a large list of patients they "need to see".  

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On 10/24/2020 at 7:24 PM, bearded frog said:

She thinks that you can write a note that isn't a string of four letter acronyms and you're only concern if the patient can make it to the OR or not... its kind of a dig at surgeons.

Writing a note that's is 3 lines long and only comprised of letters and/or special characters is the only way they know how to communicate. We can't expect our surgical colleagues to give us a novel like our ID friends. I will accept finger painting though if they provide it.

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