"I have heard many times that patients feel disconnected from their physician because their doctor speaks over them, looks only at their computer, or skips the physical exam in favor of medication. I did not witness these issues when shadowing this DO. His focus was on the patient not the symptoms, he was motivated to increase access to healthcare for all his patients, and he was committed to rural communities. These three qualities are also core elements of the mission of osteopathic medicine by which I am inspired to change the future of health care."
Katie Teixeira is a second-year osteopathic medical student at Rocky Vista University (RVU) in Parker, CO. She is Vice President of the RVU American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Student Chapter. Katie is also a member of the Rural and Wilderness Medicine Honors Track. Her interests include rural family medicine, women's health, and serving a Spanish-speaking population in the United States and around the world.