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Hey everyone! Wow, my final semester as a student is halfway over! The clinic I am at for my final externship is so busy I have had no time to write! I am currently at a large family practice with 3 locations in and around Memphis. They not only have two students from SCO as interns but also have two graduates from SCO doing residency training at part of their team. I am learning still every day!
I think the most important thing I have recognized personally this semester is the significance of patient communication. You have to be able to communicate effectively so that your patient understands the condition of their eyes and vision and their treatment goals. I recently had an encounter with a patient who refused to have treatment for a potentially blinding ocular disease. Ultimately it is the patient’s decision, but the doctor takes an oath to ensure the patient fully understands the consequences their decision may have on their vision and quality of life. One of the most beneficial things you can do for your patient is educate them. I find it amazing how little patients know about their health. Many come into the office without knowing the names of their systemic medications they take daily or what they are even prescribed for. The same can be said for their eye drops and even eye surgeries. I’ll make it a career-long goal to ensure my patients know their diagnoses and understand the importance of treatment and follow-up care when it comes to their vision and eye health.
Let the countdown to graduation begin! 2 months!!