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“In early 2018 when I started full-time telemedicine, I was quite reluctant about losing the physical hands-on evaluation, especially the palpation, percussion, and auscultation components in the physical exam, and the holding hands, hugs, and handshakes of in-person visits.
But thankfully, I remembered one of my favorite medical school professors who said how important history is in a diagnosis. He said nothing else matters as much as a good history from the patient.
I shed my trepidation and gave it a brave shot, and I’ve never looked back. I absolutely enjoy it. I enjoy not only the urgent care but also the primary care side of it. I also enjoy that I am showing up at patients’ homes nationwide rather than having them coming to my office at a Houston clinic. I love that so many patients know me by my name and choose an appointment with me, whether it’s an urgent care or a primary care issue. It is a truly fulfilling moment for a physician.”
Sabari L. Sundarraj is a family medicine physician.
She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, “A physician mom’s take on telemedicine.”
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