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What kind of doctor are you?

I have been going to a couple networking events recently in an attempt to raise awareness about my practice and to help grow my patient base. When I tell people I am a doctor they always ask me what kind of doctor I am. The conversations usually go like this.

What kind of doctor are you?

“I am an Internist”.

So you are an Intern?

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“No I am an Internal Medicine Physician” I would say.

So you are a family doctor?  Are you a General Practitioner?

All these questions made me realize a lot of people do not know the differences within primary care physicians. So here is small summary.

Pediatric Physician: A pediatrician is a doctor who is trained and specializes in the medical care of children.

Internal Medicine Physician: An Internist is trained and specializes in the medical care of adults.

Family Medicine Physician: Family Medicine physicians are trained in the medical care of both children and adults. I would consider them General Practitioners.

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I like to think of myself as a less dysfunctional version of Dr House.

Dr Robert Centor of DB’s Medical Rants  says it best.

“Internal medicine allows me to be a detective.  Often on the inpatient service, we address diagnostic challenges.  Many internists (this writer included) love the diagnostic process.  We love talking with patients, listening carefully to the story, asking probing questions, reading the body language.  We get excited when a physical exam finding gives us a clue.  We pore over the labs and try to understand how they may help explain the patient’s current status.  We order imaging to help narrow the diagnostic process”.  Read the rest of his post here.

So back to the initial question. What kind of doctor am I? I follow an idealist way of practicing medicine. I believe I should be the best doctor I can be to my patients. That means I get to know them on a personal level, we spend time getting to the root cause of their issues, they take an active role in their health and they always have access to me.  My practice style gives me the ability to have longer visits and a smaller patient panel. As a result,  I have time to do the detective work needed for my patients. I hope that gives you an insight into what kind of doctor I am.

 

Health is Wealth!

 

Delightfully Yours,

 

Degha Fongod MD AKA Dr D

Welcome to Delight Primary Care

So you must be wondering what Delight Primary Care is all about.

Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Degha Fongod MD but you an address me as Dr D. I was born in Washington DC and grew up in Cameroon, West Africa and Washington DC. While I was in Cameroon I suffered from severe asthma and spent a lot of time in a hospital or healthcare setting. After these experiences I decided I wanted to be a doctor. During my medical education, I determined that I wanted to focus on preventative medicine and that led me to my specialization in Internal Medicine.

 

After completing my medical training, I was excited to start my new job of taking care of patients. However when I started working I noticed cracks in our healthcare system. I had very limited time with my patients, which made it difficult to fully understand the scope of their problems. I was also encumbered with endless amount of paperwork, which was not related to patient health.

 

This is not how I want to practice medicine, I thought. So when the opportunity arose for me to start over, I decided I would start a medical practice that would focus on accessibility and personalized healthcare. That’s how Delight Primary Care was birth.

 

I want Delight Primary Care to be a family where all types of patients are accepted. Do you need help with your weight? Are you looking for ways to take fewer medications? Or do you just want to have access to your doctor via text, call or videocall? If you want to take an active role in your healthcare and need someone to help guide you with this, come join the Delight Primary Care family.

 

Health is Wealth!!!!

 

Delightly yours,

 

Degha Fongod MD AKA Dr D