Being a doctor wasn’t on Dr. Sean Curzon’s radar. In fact, even when he knew he wanted to go into medicine, his plan was to be a radiation technician. However, while he was completing his schooling, a radiologist told him he should be in medical school.
He fought the suggestion. He kept resisting. But eventually he gave in. And, for 16 years, his patients have been glad he chose to serve others in the medical field.
“I love medicine,” Dr. Curzon says. “It’s not a job. It’s a calling. I tried to escape it a few times, but it kept capturing me.”
Clinically focused “With internal medicine, I tell my patients that no matter how old they are, I’m with them the whole time. I have a lot of overlap with primary care and with working with my patients on day-to-day care like diabetes and hypertension. I also give them annual exams. When I was in medical school, a surgeon was lecturing and said, ‘If you can live without surgery, live without it.’ I could live without it, so I went into internal medicine and I love it.”
Patient priority “People are nervous when they first come in to see me. They are dreading the numbers, and we work through those, but I try to put them at ease. I’m their best cheerleader. We want to put them on a journey to their best health. I’m here to teach and educate patients.”
Medical misconceptions “A lot of people think supplements and vitamins can overcome bad habits. Pills don’t overcome bad habits. Change in lifestyle overcomes bad habits. Patients are best served when they invest in themselves the same way they invest in other areas of their lives.”
Tech help “People are less willing to take a doctor’s word on something today than they were a few years ago. With social media and Dr. Google, patients try to find information for themselves. That’s a good thing, but I try to teach them to look for reputable sources and then interpret the information correctly.”
Physical future “I’m excited for the possibilities surrounding genetic testing. Medicine doesn’t work the same in everyone. Our genetics do change how our bodies utilize them. The more we understand that, the better.”
Testing time “Regular check-ups are important. I hate it when I haven’t seen someone for five or 10 years and then they have cancer. It is hard when you have someone die young and that could have been changed. You need to develop a good doctor-patient relationship.”