Learning from You
As a former junior high school teacher and the current director of the Family and Community Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Allyson Brotherson will tell you that the best physicians, like the best teachers, learn from those in their care. "Our patients have so much to teach us," she said. One of the greatest and hardest lessons she has learned is the value of taking time to understand her patients’ values and perspectives, what beliefs they have about their own health care, and what choices they want to make. She works hard to find the best way to care for patients within their parameters, not hers. "When you learn from and really listen to the patient, it makes a difference."