Being a family physician means taking care of the whole family. I truly do love this, and that is why I believe in maintaining all the family charts in one folder. It still is sort of funny though, when patients like Betty* come in with their own list of problems as well as separate lists of problems in the rest of their family.
During Betty’s visit, I was able to take care of her newly diagnosed hypothyroidism, her hypertension, and her sinusitis. In addition, I was able to hear a follow-up report on her 2-year-old son Riley’s* bronchitis and schedule a 24-hour Holter monitor for her husband, who was still having palpitations. Amazing isn’t it, and all for only one office fee. Praise the Lord for the efficiency of family physicians.