Dr. Lynsey J. Drew discovered her natural medical aptitude while being her mom’s study buddy. Her mom attended nursing school while Dr. Drew was in junior high, and this study group put the family doctor on her career path.
“It was easy for me to remember all the terms and names of the body parts,” Dr. Drew says. “That’s when I thought, ‘I could be a doctor.’”
Since achieving the dream envisioned by her 13-year-old self, Dr. Drew has become simultaneously surprised by the amount of paperwork required and also by the amount of joy she gains from interactions with her patients, “which is funny, because I’m an introverted person,” she says. “I don’t usually talk to people I don’t know, but I’m happy to do it at work.”
Decisions, decisions “In medical school, we rotate through all different types of medicine in the last two years. I kept doing my rotations and thought, ‘I could do that. I like that. That’s fun.’ Then the next month I would have the same experience. I kept finding myself not knowing what I wanted to do. I realized at the end that I should do family medicine so I could have a little bit of everything in my practice.”
Think positive “I recognize I have a job to do, and I need to take care of the medicine side of things. But I also realize a patient is a person with feelings and emotions, and sometimes they don’t know what to think. Most people are scared in really difficult situations. I communicate the important things about medicine, but I also treat patients with respect and help them work through feelings at the same time.”
Trust me, I’m a doctor “I have learned to listen and allow people to talk without interrupting. Oftentimes if I let them talk, they’ll tell me what they’re really concerned about. I’m OK with saying, ‘Is there anything else that’s bothering you today?’ Sometimes that opens the door to a lot of crazy things, but a lot of the time it’s the stuff that is truly important to the patient.”
No quitter “Sometimes when my family obligations get overwhelming, I think, ‘I should quit. It would be easier to just take care of my family and not go to work every day.’ But there has never been a time when something at work happened and I thought, ‘I can’t do this anymore.’ When I step back and think about what service I’m providing, it makes it easier to go back into the office and want to be there.”