When it comes to health care, many patients opt for the experienced and tested provider over the latest medical resident. Perhaps this is because of the common misconceptions about medical residents, unfamiliarity with the term or fear they’ll be used as a teaching tool.
However, you may be surprised to learn there are many benefits that medical residents offer their patients. Before looking at these advantages, let’s take a closer look at what it means to be a medical resident.
What are medical residents?
After completing a rigorous and lengthy amount of education to graduate with a degree of either medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), graduates enter into their residency program to receive specialty training.
Most residents will spend between three to seven years, depending on the specialty, receiving on-the-job training. During this time they are working with patients, but they are working with the guidance of a fully-licensed physician and other residents.
5 Benefits of seeing a medical resident:
Your first encounter with a medical resident may have been one of apprehension. After all, having multiple people in white coats surrounding you can be slightly intimidating. However, the next time your doctor asks you if a resident can observe, there are several benefits you’ll want to keep in mind.
1. You get extra time with the doctor. Unlike staff physicians, medical residents don’t have an established patient base, which means they don’t have the typical time constraints of many providers. Because of this, residents are able to spend more time with patients without the rush.
2. You’re receiving state-of-the-art care. While in their residency, doctors are preparing to become board-certified and applying for their medical license, both of which require them to stay informed with the latest health information, practices and treatments. Not only is this true for the residents themselves, but the teaching doctors and other attending physicians are also driven to stay up-to-date.
3. You get an extra pair of eyes. Oftentimes, because residents are working alongside teaching physicians, you receive care from two doctors. This means all the health information, diagnosis or treatments you receive have been backed by two highly-qualified doctors.
4. You’re going to an academic medical center. In order to have a medical residency program, facilities must work diligently to meet and maintain certain qualifications. Teaching physicians and resident physicians are all dedicated to continually advancing and growing their medical knowledge and expertise.
5. You’re more than just a patient. By seeing a resident physician you’re playing a vital role in the education process. You are supporting the future of medicine by seeing current doctors and the doctors of tomorrow.
Celebrating Academic Primary Care
Gwinnett Medical Centerestablished its Graduate Medical Education Programs in order to continue supporting and advancing the health of our community. We have several medical residency programs, including: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Transitional Year. Patients are able to see resident and teaching doctors at either of our Academic Primary Care practices.
We would also like to take a moment to recognize our first graduating class of Graduate Medical Education residents. Congratulations, and good luck!