What being a family doctor means to me. . .

Being a family physician gives my life a framework.  I am thankful for my past which helped me reach this life occupation.

  • my dad was a physician and introduced this way-of-life to me as a youngster
  • at University of Nevada the Dean was a family physician and had a strong family medicine curriculum and mentoring program.

I admired the family physicians who appreciated what symptoms/conditions were concerning and warranted a work up and which needed reassurance  and time.  This led to a “perfect storm” for me to become a family physician.

I am a family doctor.   I believe that we are each born with gifts and this role is one of my gifts.  I am part marriage counselor, athletic trainer, drug/alcohol advisor, sex therapist . . . and the list goes on and on.  I am trained to be observant—to notice a fleeting expression which may lead to the actual diagnosis.

Teacher.  I have taught family medicine for 16 years: to my patients and to medical students/residents.  Teaching is another one of my loves.   After teaching on faculty at residency programs for 12 years I “hung my shingle” and went into private practice.  I continue to teach at the family medicine residency program three days a month and teach the Advanced Life Support for Obstetrics Course yearly.

Mentor.  I help along the chain of schooling. At Wichita State University I have the students shadow me in the office.  The University of Kansas School of Medicine also sends me medical students who see outpatients with me.   As I precept at the residency program to resident physicians, I view that one of my main jobs is to help mentor the young physicians manage their work/life balance.  I question, encourage, cajole, and help problem-solve.  I want each of them to find their sweet-spot—just like I have found mine.

Blogger.  I started www.drlesliegreenberg.com nearly 3 years ago.  I blog about common diagnoses, vaccine updates, treatment plans—things that I see commonly.  This is a creative outlet for me and helps motivate me to stay medically current and technologically savvy.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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