House calls don’t scare new doctor

House calls don’t scare new doctor

Dr. Travis Thompson recently graduated from the UBC Family Practice Residency Program and hopes to establish his own practice in Oliver in the near future. (File photo)

By Lyonel Doherty

Oliver Chronicle

You might be hard-pressed to find a doctor that does house calls these days. But one new physician plans to do it when necessary.

“I will definitely do house calls if that is what is required to provide care to a patient, says Dr. Travis Thompson, a recent graduate of the UBC Family Practice Residency Program.

Thompson, who grew up in Oliver, says it feels great to graduate from such a challenging program.

“I feel as though I was able to accomplish a lot throughout my training and prepare myself for independent practice.”

The young physician plans to do some locums in Penticton and Oliver over the coming months before eventually joining a practice in Oliver.

Thompson said his training program really pushed residents to develop great clinical skills and independence to make decisions.

“The most challenging part of residency was managing the workload and still trying to maintain a balance outside of the workplace.”

While the bedside manner of some doctors leaves a lot to be desired, the feedback Thompson has been getting from his patients is favourable.

“My bedside manner seems to be pretty good, but I guess that depends on each interaction. I strive to provide the best care and inform patients about their management throughout the process.”

The thought of making house calls, just like the old days, doesn’t bother Thompson a bit. It all comes down to one of the oldest binding documents in history – the Hippocratic Oath – to treat the ill to the best of one’s ability.