Went to the pediatrician with my daughter for routine primary care visit. I thought she (the pediatrician) did such a good job with my daughter in terms of the tenor and content of the discussion, the calm demeanor, the subtle but savvy questions, the listening, and the encouragement. Promoting wellness, self -esteem, and balance.
Later in the evening, reflecting back on the visit (and talking with my spouse) I realized how similar the pediatrician’s approach seemed to my own approach with my tween patients. Or at least was what I aim to do. But then I wondered about how circular this is. I like the pediatrician because she practices like I do. How self-congratulatory is that? And yet, perhaps instead it's that she and I are similarly mediocre pediatricians. Regardless, my daughter stated after the visit that her pediatrician was the “best pediatrician ever.” (Present company excluded, of course.)
Do you learn about doctoring when, as a MiM, you go to the doctors? I have tried to over the years. And as a MiME (Mother in Medical Education), I teach some stuff too. Actually, we chose this pediatrician in part because she trained with us. More circularity. Nicely done!