As primary care providers, we have words...
Monday, December 17, 2012
...and so we ask about guns in the home, and we counsel on the risks
.We have ears,
so we listen to what the kids are telling us. We hear what they ask, and we answer in a way that helps them to heal and to grow healthier. We have experience,
and our patients and families have experience, so we draw upon both. Plus the evidence.We may have children of our own,
but we leave them temporarily (with spouses, schools, day cares, family members, neighbors, and friends) as we care for yours. We are providers for individual patients,
even as we advocate for health community-wide.We carefully multitask
--even while attending to patients-- precepting students and residents in our offices so they too can provide high quality care and teach someday as well.We don't have fancy procedures
to bill for, but we have trained for these moments, aiming to have a positive impact on young lives for a long time to come.At times we cry too. And we always care.
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.