I am board certified in internal medicine and currently am up to date in maintenance of certification process. I average over 100 hours a year in continuing education. I served as physician advisor for utilization review and performance improvement for many years (0ver 20).
I believe in stating the options that a patient has and making a joint decision on how to proceed. You will get a diagnosis or a working diagnosis and a plan for care and follow up. I may try to change a patient's mind if I feel that they are making a bad decision, but after the ramifications of that decision are discussed and appear to be understood, the patient's decision is final, although we may revisit it from time to time.
I believe in valuing a patient's time, especially if they value mine. We have a very good on time record at our office, but it is highly dependent on patients arriving on time and being prepared.
You will get a summary of each office visit when you leave the office, with diagnosis, medicine changes, lab and tests or consultations requested, and your current medicines (as you state them).
Dr. James Dodson, MD is an internal medicine doctor who practices in Russellville, KY. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 41 years. Dr. Dodson is affiliated with Logan Memorial Hospital.