Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Janice Brown, a physiatrist who is certified in acupuncture and functional medicine. They talk about the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, functional medicine, and Dr. Brown’s own way of practicing medicine.
Becoming a PM&R Physician
Dr. Brown always regarded herself as a healer, but not necessarily a doctor. After college, she spent 6 years exploring multiple paths before deciding to pursue medicine. She chose to become a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician because she is passionate about addressing the root cause of health problems, not just in managing symptoms. As a physiatrist, she can examine both the musculoskeletal and nervous systems to see what’s causing pain or illness.
Unsurprisingly, Dr. Brown is certified in functional medicine, a field which focuses on why patients are unwell. Physicians look at the different factors such as sleep, diet, exercise, hygiene, stressors, relationships, and personal history. Dr. Brown also practices acupuncture which helps patients relieve pain and anxiety.
Practice Medicine in Your Own Way
Regardless of what you’ve learned, you can always shape your own practice of medicine. Observe other doctors and emulate the traits and behaviors that resonate with you. Treat patients in the way that feels most comfortable and efficient for you.
But never forget that you are not just a doctor. It’s easy to lose sight of your other identities when your identity as a physician takes precdence. To stay grounded in who you are, make sure to devote time to your personal hobbies and interests when you can.
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