When Christine Dotterer talks about how rural family medicine differs from practice in a city, she says, “I live with the people that I have my professional relationships with. I see my patients when I go to Wal-Mart. You walk down the street and you see them. Anywhere you go, you see your patients. When we walked into the restaurant last night, that couple we said hello to—I know both of them thought, ‘What’s on my plate?’ because I know they’re both trying to watch their weight, and I’ve talked about lipids with them. You go to the grocery store and you run into your patients, and either they turn in the other direction, or they walk up to you and say ‘Look what I have in my cart.’ And, there’s just this honor, that people let you into the most important —either painful, deeply felt, or sometimes the happiest—parts of their lives. To be allowed into that is really something. And when you have that, and you see these people on a nonprofessional basis every day—it’s just a wholeness. I don’t know how else to say it.
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