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When is it time to change care to a Gerontologist?

Aging Well | Last Active: Jun 11 9:28pm | Replies (26)

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Hi there … now this is just MY experience, so don't take it as everyone is all the same. When I moved down here to (what I call) the "sticks" of VA, I first went to a Geriatric Internist. The first visit he was very nice (looked about my same age!); the second time it felt like a "conveyor belt" appt., if you know what I mean. So when I had to go back, I didn't ask for anyone in particular (there are 6 doctors in the practice) and I got a Physicians Assistant … a probably 30-ish guy (or thereabouts) and he is excellent! He listens, asks questions, offers suggestions, and actually spends time with a patient. I'm sticking with him. I've wondered if they may be training their new doctors to also be "people persons" also, rather than just the "serious, stick to the facts" type. Just thinking.
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It's been my experience that, regardless of the specialty, medical people who are women are more likely to be "people persons" than men. I think women are more likely to be good at communicating than me. I'm male and not a good communicator so I always choose a woman given the opportunity. I'm not being sexist, it's just been my experience.

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