Rural Health Videos


Family Medicine as a Calling

Challenges and Rewards
of Primary Care

How Good is Primary Care in
the Indian Health Service?

Do primary care doctors
earn too little?

Primary Care in the Community

Training in a Rural
Community Hospital

Finding a niche in Family Medicine

Student Perspectives:
Flexibility in Family Medicine

Student Perspectives:
FMIG and Rural Health Scholars

Quotes from Family Medicine Doctors

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If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about choosing a specialty what would it be?
Choose something that you are passionate about! If you're a people person, then primary care. If you're a procedural person then a surgical specialty

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about choosing a specialty what would it be?
Follow your "gut" - avoid the calculus of pros/cons, advantages/disadvantages. If you think you love ( like?) something or have a mentor that you identify with, follow your instincts. The world and specialty medicine will change and you will change with it ( and because of it!)

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about choosing a specialty what would it be?
Pick up a specialty where you care for people over time- they will enrich your life deeply. Do something you really want to do- don't let $ influence your decision

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about choosing a specialty what would it be?
Think about...What do you want your work day/week to look like in 5 years? 10 years? Where do you want to live?

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about choosing a specialty what would it be?
Think or write about what parts of the experience of life makes you happy and excited and choose a specialty that incorporates that

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about choosing a specialty what would it be?
Meet with as many providers ( Docs, NPs, Pas) in all specialties you are interested in and pick their brains: do you like what you do?/wish you could change?/have free time?

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Be sure look carefully at how to have control over some parts of your work life- don't let others control all your hours.

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Figure out what's really important to you before you get into practice, so you can structure your practice to allow you to do what gives you the most satisfaction. Try not to get over loaded and overstressed at the beginning of your career, so you don't have to change course under difficult circumstances.

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Find friends and associates outside of medicine

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
It is o.k. sometimes to turn off the cell phone and pager

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
If you don't make the pursuit of your own recreational and family interests a priority, it will be difficult to be the best physician you can be, and the risk of burnout is high

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Earning a lot of money is great, but not much good if you don't have the time to use and enjoy it.

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
You must set boundaries professionally and personally. Do not sacrifice your family and children for your career.

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Pick the right spouse: one who tells you you're not as wonderful as your patients think you are!

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Have dinner with the family every night

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Schedule time out of the office for the kids sports games.

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Always put the needs of your patients first. Make time for your family. Don't do anything stupid on the business side and everything will work out for the best.

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Allowing your personal life and career to blend will enrich both

If you had to give medical students a single piece of advice about balancing life and a medical career what would it be?
Always remember the big picture and what is really important in your life.

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