As the end of residency draws near, I have been reflecting on the experiences and lessons I have learned over the past three years that I will carry throughout my career as a family physician. I expected residency to be challenging; I was expecting the long hours, the steep learning curve, and added responsibility of being the primary provider for patients.Read More
Patient A is before me. He is in his late 80s, sharp as a tack and a delightful conversationalist. He lives in elderly housing and has just been discharged from the rehab center. He didn’t expect to be in my office “so soon” after returning home.Read More
”Push! Push! You can do it! You’re so close! Breathe deep! Only one more push!“Read More
It is not often you get a chance to learn a new skill when you are in the "midlife" of your career. However, that is exactly what I have been allowed to do recently, and it is one of the reasons I enjoy working at an academic medical institution so much.Read More
By Joyce Copeland, M.D.
I had the honor of participating in the N.C. Academy of Family Physicians’ 10th annual Family Medicine Day recently. Students from across three states gathered to learn skills critical to family medicine, and were given the opportunity to meet with representatives of family medicine residency programs from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.Read More