We had a chance to sit down with Dr. Daniel LaPerriere near his clinic in Boulder, CO to hear about his experience with Docs Who Care…
Dr. LaPerriere: After I finished my residency I spent a year volunteering as medical director for a health center in a remote area of Ethiopia. When I came back to Colorado I wanted to continue working in a rural area but desired to live in a more urban environment. Some of my colleagues had done work with Docs Who Care, and after hearing about it from them, I thought it would be a good match allowing me to work and live in the areas I wanted.
After working for 9 months with DWC at various sites, Yuma District Hospital in Yuma, CO, negotiated to buy out my DWC contract. I was able to continue living on the Front Range and work in Yuma 3-4 days a week. I worked in Yuma for about 7 years.
About 2 years ago, I took a position at a concierge medical practice in Boulder. While this work is fulfilling, I missed working with patients from the rural community and providing ER care. I reached out to Docs Who Care and once again began covering some shifts.
Supplementing my regular salary with occasional locum tenens has enabled my family and I to pay down loans, open a new hair salon and spa business (My wife is a hair stylist and now salon owner), and build up a down payment for a home in Boulder.
I recall recently sitting with an elderly couple at a rural site; the wife was hospitalized with CHF. She’d had this diagnosis for some time, but they did not understand what was causing it and what the treatments being prescribed were doing. They appreciated their local providers, but these providers are so overwhelmed that they often lack time.
I was able to sit with them and explain what was going on, draw pictures, and answer their questions. They were so appreciative to have a provider who traveled to their community to provide extra help and who could spend extra time with them.
These skills are also valuable in managing my regular clinic patients as I feel better able to make clinical decisions and to evaluate how a patient was treated in the hospital or ER.
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