Exploding Passion?


The article from my speciality organization’s propaganda arm is called Students Gather to Ponder Primary Care and it is enlightening.   Not.  It’s actually just funny.   Here is how it starts:

Invite 23 inquisitive graduate-level students to an event with a keynote speaker steeped in knowledge about a shared topic of interest and watch the passion explode.

Sounds messy.  And a little bit of an embellishment.

I remember, in college, getting suckered into a summer job “opportunity” on campus at UVa.  How this company was allowed to do this is beyond me.  Anyway, they would talk for about an hour about the job without telling you what the job was.   They would get the students pumped up and deflect all real questions. Then, at the end, they would reveal that you would be selling encyclopedias around the country door-to-door.

Maybe these students are passionate right now about primary care.  I was.  Marcus Welby MD was what I thought about when I pictured a doctor.  The problem is when the speaker in this group tries to “work through (the) primary care payment challenges” he will lose his audience.  Who knows, maybe he goes on to speak about selling encyclopedias next?

By the way, there is an answer.  The experts giving these talks should be the leaders in Direct Primary Care like Josh Umbehr at www.atlas.md.  Imagine teaching students about not dealing with coding, using a very basic EMR built for care and not billing, not dealing with insurance companies, seeing less patients a day, etc.  That gets me passionate even today.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]