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The Doc Returns, and I have a resident today.

I admire The Doc. He has been retired the whole time I have known him. However, as a Family Medicine doctor, or General Practitioner as they were known previously, he was always looking for ways to make a difference. He has told stories of traveling to India, and living there for many years, running a clinic in a rural area with his wife. One of his last projects was to start a clinic in a poorer part of our city, which has grown into a large entity that serves a large local and immigrant community. I knew the clinic long before I knew him.

The video is located here: https://youtu.be/mUwY_DjfAdA

In the video today, you hear him talk about writing a requiem that he hopes to perform, and he has already discussed with me the book he has written about trains, and the symphony he is writing. I have gone to the small hangout in South Minneapolis to hear him as he serenades diners at the Malt Shop on Monday nights. They have what sounds like a Honky Tonk piano, and he makes it sing, playing everything from Duke Ellington to Gershwin, Rogers and Hart to Rogers and Hammerstein. And the patrons love him.

You may also notice that this is the first video where I have allowed a resident to perform any procedures on a patient. I work with Family Medicine residents in their third year of residency, where they are allowed to pick up some elective rotations that interest them. This may be anything from dermatology to plastic surgery or sports medicine. They usually spend a week or so in my office. We work on the old adage of “see one, do one, teach one”. So, these are doctors in their third year of post medical school training, and many will be going to rural areas, where they will be doing basic foot care.

Every patient is asked for permission before the resident comes in the room, so that they do not feel pressured to allow the resident to work on them. I am not part of a teaching hospital or clinic, so my patients expect me to be the one to work with them. Patients are free to decline, and some do. So, I watch and supervise the first couple of patients the resident works on, helping with hand position with the instruments, etc, and then they are on their own, and I stick my head in when they’re done to be sure the patient is happy. The residents also learn to give good, pain free injections. OK, maybe not pain FREE, but injections that are a pain free as possible for numbing toes or give cortisone, etc.

The last thing I want to say about The Doc, is that we decided a long time ago that when I tried to use the cutting instruments before the sander, he walked out with too many bandages on his toes. It seems to work much better if we use only the sander. He has been quite happy with how this works for him.

Here is The Doc video’s playlist: drnailnipper.com/doc-playlist

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