Many people think that at family clinics, there is an influx of patients all the time. This is not true in all cases, because the clinic that I intern at is very low on patients and they typically only have a few a week. In addition to this assumption, the majority of the patients are elderly, rather than a wide range of ages. Elderly patients are most common and babies are the second most common patients. There is not as many patients in the teenage years to the mid thirties. In addition, the majority of the patients have a wide range of medical problems that have to be treated. Not only do people come in to be diagnosed by the flu or strep throat, but they can come in for any problems they might be facing, since there is no specialization area.
The most important skills need to be a successful individual in the medical field is to be a good listener. In addition to being a good listener, it is important that the individual is able to decipher which problems are the most important. This is true because most patients can not afford to treat all of their problems at the same time, so it is important to decide which ones will have the biggest impact on the patient and which problem is the most life threatening. It is also crucial that the physician is seen as a trustworthy individual, since the patient's are is in the hands of the physician. This can also ensure that the patient comes back to the clinic because they feel welcomed and feel as though their doctor truly cares for them and puts their needs first.