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Julie Foucher-Urcuyo, MD, MS
Bio Family Med Resident 👩🏻⚕️| 4x CrossFit Games Athlete 🏋🏻♀️ | Pursuing Health Podcast 🎙| Wife to @daniurcuyomd 👫
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I just got home from my first home visit. My attending and I spent over 90 minutes sitting with an elderly patient and her family, understanding her goals and safety, and together coming up with a plan to improve her quality of life. At the end of the visit, her daughters expressed their profound gratitude for the fact that we made the trip to their home and spent so much time with them. “It’s so different from an office visit, where the doctor is in and out in less than 15 minutes and our concerns are barely addressed.” . If only they knew how much I’ve been thinking about this lately as my patient load has increased and visit times have decreased in my 2nd year of residency. Somewhere along the line our profession went from the country doctor doing house calls, to the primary care treadmill of 15-minute visits. Over this time we’ve seen increased pharmaceutical prescribing, increased specialist referrals, increased primary care physician burnout and decreased patient satisfaction. . Somehow, the patients and physicians have ended up with the short end of this stick, but I maintain my optimism as we work for change that is coming (albeit far more slowly we’d all like) in shifting our payment system from volume to value.
He's got more medical training than anyone I’ve met, and years of research have only convinced him more of the fact that lifestyle behaviors are far more powerful for reversing chronic disease than any medication. Check out Ep. 99 of #PursuingHealth with Dr. Axel Pflueger at the link in my bio, on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. 🎙
Who else is guilty of putting your own health or needs on the back-burner while chasing the next goal, working for a promotion, taking care of family, or responding to things that need your attention “right now” (🙋🏻♀️)? . I have to remind myself of this often, but taking care of ourselves allows up to show up better in all other aspects of our lives. This means not only making time for things like exercise, eating well, and sleep, but maybe more importantly the time to relax, connect with others, down regulate our nervous system, and do things we enjoy purely for F U N. . Hope you can take even a few minutes to work on yourself on this #SelfCareSunday!