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4 Tips for Finding a Good Physician

4 Tips for Finding a Good Physician

Each of us has occasions when we need the services of a skilled physician.  Whether we’re going in for routine, preventative care or for diagnostic and surgical procedures there’s a need to find the right doctor who has been trained to treat a broad range of medical needs.  There are also occasions in which more specialized skill sets are required and a referral from your primary care physician can help you land an appointment with a subspecialist who has been trained in a specific field of medicine.  Finding the right physician to meet your total healthcare needs is important and can be done by using the following tips:

1. Find a balanced blend of personality and experience.  Choosing between various the personality traits of a handful of specialists or subspecialists might be tricky.  There just aren’t as many subspecialists and specialists to choose from, but there should be a wide array of primary care physicians to compile a list from.  Finding a doctor who will be a good fit for you means deciding on what personality traits are important to you and then seeing if you can find a candidate who has a lot of experience and who is infused with those aspects.  It’s best to be realistic in your expectations, and realize that you may end up sacrificing some personality traits for a more impressive resume. Finding a physician who treats you with respect, and honors your personal wishes in the course of treatment should be of utmost importance.

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2. Find out where he or she went to school.  It’s a good idea to know where your prospective doctor went to medical school and where they completed their residency.  U.S. News has a resource, “Top Medical Schools,” that is available to the public and can provide information regarding the quality of different medical schools and their rankings.  The subject of where a physician went to school and the caliber of education the school provides its students can raise contentious arguments, however.  A student sometimes leaves the country to attend medical school, but is that to say the medical student wouldn’t have been accepted in a U.S. school?  Perhaps no, but it’s a question to ask, and if you’re not willing to question perhaps you should stick with U.S.-trained physicians.

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3. Is your prospective doctor online?  When you have narrowed your list of possible doctors down you may want to access a computer and do a little research online.  Some physicians have medical blogs, publish medical journals, and are easily accessible via email.  The communication venues that a doctor utilizes can provide you with some insight, but they should not be deal breakers.  It is possible that the very physician that you are looking for is not online at all.

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4. Gender.  It might not be just a personal preference.  U.S. studies reveal the female physicians rank higher in providing preventative care to both men and women than their male counterparts.  The studies also reveal that women prefer routine screenings for colon, breast, and cervical cancer to be performed by a female doctor.

Your quest to find the right physician may not be easy, but should it be?  I dare say it should not.  Putting your life into the hands of a stranger is risky business and should be done with careful consideration, and asking the right questions and taking time to shop around can help you find the right doctor. This process may mean more time, but feeling confident in your physician is a very important aspect of your care. This is not a time to settle for second best and later regret your choice: take your time and find the right physician for you and your healthcare needs.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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