Viviana Martinez-Bianchi Viviana Martinez-Bianchi

“Pasión por el cuidado de las personas” (passion for caring for people) was the title theme of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Iberoamerican regional meeting in Peru two weeks ago. As explained on the meeting website the specialty of Family and Community Medicine is growing and gaining strategic spaces all over Ibero America (Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries).

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Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH

There I sat, rattling off my plans for the next one to five years. I was sitting in my program director’s office for an advisement meeting. “Of course, I would like to eventually run for the Board of Directors, but you know I’d probably better think about applying for this other position first in order to get a better understanding of--”

“Why not now?” Dr. Martinez-Bianchi asked.

“Well, you know, like I said before applying for a prominent leadership position like that I’d really like to learn more about ...”

“Why not now?” she repeated.

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Donna Tuccero, M.D. Donna Tuccero, M.D.

As in other academic institutions throughout the country, Duke Family Medicine’s new intern class arrived June 26.  This is an exciting time for existing residents and faculty as we learn about our new colleagues. Part of the orientation includes a variety of interactive team-building exercises, as well as the expected instructional didactics and forums. One of our favorite activities is what we refer to as “personal power points.” During this time, both residents and faculty prepare a photo presentation to share ourselves, our backgrounds and our interests.

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Anna Afonso, MD, MPH

New Models for Treating Chronic Disease

Many of my patients come to the doctor because they want to feel well. Though I can treat an ear infection or modify insulin regimens, “wellness” is complex.

The majority of conditions I see are chronic and preventable — including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Chronic disease is best addressed in our communities by the people with a deeper understanding of an individual’s personality, strengths, challenges and environment.

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Joyce Copeland, M.D. Joyce Copeland, M.D.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has a poster that displays quotes by family doctors to demonstrate the characteristics that make us proud to be a family physician.  It starts with “I treat people, not disease.” This is the philosophy we all subscribe to. It gives us the focus to look beyond the microbe, the molecule, and the metabolic disruption. We are the people specialists. This will always be true.

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