My son was once asked what I did for a living. He said, "She helps people." I like that definition and pray I do it well. I decided to become a physician in the first grade and never wavered from it. I've been a family medicine practitioner for 16 years and enjoy not only the variety of challenging issues but also the reward of connecting with patients and having an opportunity to impact them in a powerful way.
One of the most helpful things a patient can do is bring in their medications. This reduces the risk of having the wrong medication or dosage entered into their chart. Everyone needs to realize he or she is the single most important determining factor when it comes to overall health. Physicians can lead and guide when a health problem arises, but I challenge everyone to actively set goals to improve their health – read a book, take up a hobby, exercise, plant a garden. Whatever it may be, move more and make better choices to improve your health.
Dr. Camille Braswell, MD is a family medicine doctor who practices in Little Rock, AR. She is 40 years old and has been practicing for 20 years. Dr. Braswell is affiliated with Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock and CHI St. Vincent Infirmary.