Today, I had the honor of speaking at the Direct Primary Care (DPC) Nuts and Bolts 3.0 Conference in Orlando, Florida. This conference is hosted by the Docs 4 Patient Care foundation, and specifically Lee S. Gross, MD who tirelessly works to support and uplift Direct Primary Care and DPC Docs.
I was able to speak about “Being the Doctor You Are Meant to Be”, and specifically the concept of Ikigai, or the reason for being. I believe that Family Doctors and Primary Care Physicians are more likely to reach a fulfilling practice if they have the Ikigai framework in place.
A fulfilling primary care practice and a fulfilling life looks like pursing your passion and practicing with purpose. It also means embracing your authenticity as a physician and having enough time to demonstrate the fullest care for your patients.
In our current system doctors aren’t allowed to care to their fullest capacity because of time limitations. In the DPC model, doctors can care deeply because they have the time and the resources to do this.
I am so proud of my Direct Primary Care colleagues for their time, energy, and effort in lowering the cost of health care, fixing our broken healthcare system, and becoming the doctors they were meant to be.
Thanks for reading,
-Dr. Paul Thomas with Plum Health DPC in Detroit, Michigan
This is the video from the first day of the conference, with introductions to the first panel at 44:25, and my speech commencing at 46:16. Again, this is the live stream from Friday November 2nd in Orlando Florida at the Direct Primary Care Nuts and Bolts 2018 Conference.