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.