I was at a class/meeting last Saturday that turned out to be very important! I wanted to learn how our clinic could become a patient centered medical...
Patient Centered Medical Home
July 28, 2016
Oh My! Where Has The Time Gone?
August 8, 2016
Every 10 years a family physician has to renew their medical license by taking boards again!! We actually do activities all along the 10 year time line so we can put off taking exams that normally are done every 7 years. My 10 years is up next year!! I can hardly believe I have been a family doctor in Collinsville now almost 9 years!! October 1st is my anniversary date. I, like most doctors, hate taking boards!! But I must and so this fall I will be studying every Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday is our slowest day of the week most of the time. Judith will be in the clinic full time again starting in September so she and Brandi, our newest nurse practitioner, will see patients on Wednesday, as they do the rest of the week, when I am studying. Wednesday morning I also do nursing home care so Wednesday will be full up for a few months until my boards are done! I think I take boards in April but I may have until next December to take the test. I am not sure yet. My plan is to work hard seeing as many patients as I can on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at a full schedule as I was before we changed over to our new EHR. As many know I have been doing a lot of administration work to help with the change over. I have a clinic in Geraldine at Quality of Life on Friday once a month and meetings on another Friday. I will not generally be in clinic on Fridays because of this. Fridays are typically our walk in day so I want to let our patients know they will only be seeing a nurse practitioner and it may not be the one they are used to seeing. Judith and Brandi typically take turns being in clinic on Friday so they can each have a Friday off twice a month. We are working to have all patients assigned to one practitioner so your care will have more continuity. You can choose whomever you want to see on a regular basis. Also, starting in September, we have a new nurse practitioner that will help me see patients in the nursing home in Fort Payne. We still do home visits, about 10-15 a month, sometimes more. Judith will continue helping me with home visits. She has asked me NOT to take this away from her as she loves her home patients! I am finding time to blog more often and will continue to try to do so weekly or at least every other week. As always, we appreciate so much the support of our community in using our clinic for their health care!!