Personal Narrative: The Patient-Provider Relationship

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The patient-provider relationship is a unique component of medicine ;
I appreciate the opportunity to provide care for an individual at the most intimate level.
I aspire to practice in a setting where I am able to develop personal and long-lasting relationships with my patients, such as working in a community clinic as a primary care.

This interest was inspired by my experiences over the summer. I have been shadowing an internal medicine doctor at her private practice in Irvine, as well as a gastroenterologist at a community clinic in Irvine. These opportunities deepened my understanding of a doctor’s various responsibilities – as a compassionate healthcare provider, and as a caring educator.
In one instance I met Charles, a 67-year-old
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