Goals and Objectives

  • To recognize and be responsible for the care of the full range of medical problems, chronic and masked as well as acute and obvious.
  • To provide care for the patient over an extended period of time by one physician so that a patient’s problems are managed adequately through (a) the availability of care, (b) a commitment to track patients’ problems and determine a resolution, and (c) to anticipate health risks.
  • To develop a sense of partnership, friendship, and commitment to the patient, characterized by mutual personal investment, sensitivity, honesty, trust and respect. The key to the relationship would be the physician’s sense of the patient’s worth and dignity.
  • To apply skills competently in all areas of medicine to resolve the problems presented by a representative patient population.
     
  • To place in highest priority the patient’s needs and interests while recognizing and accepting one’s own strengths and limitations, to counsel patients with common sense in a nonjudgmental manner, and to be sensitive to patients’ beliefs and values so as to be a positive therapeutic influence.
      
  • To recognize and define the patient’s problems from the presenting complaint, the past history, and the family context to verify and diagnose those problems and to select the most appropriate treatment.
      
  • To implement appropriate management plans according to the patient’s needs and to use all resources available to the physician appropriately.
  • To care for individuals using the data, resources, and trust gained from looking after other family members at various stages of their lives.
  • To participate actively in the life of the community and utilize the understanding and relationships that result from this participation as resources for patient care.
  • To improve the efficiency of service and the quality of care by monitoring the way the practice functions through (a) accessibility of service, (b) timely patient flow and good medical records, (c) sound business management, and (d) effective partner, faculty & staff interaction.
     
  • To increase understanding of the importance of developing and maintaining a well balanced life that includes attention to oneself, family, and community; (b) to maintain a life style that allows time for recreation, relaxation, and wise nutrition; and (c) to develop and maintain empathic, objective, relationships with patients.