Something that is always talked about in primary care is the doctor-patient relationship. But how can patients get to know their doctor on a more personal level? Asking questions is one of the best ways to ensure you and your doctor are on the same page and a great way for you to get to know your doctor on a more personal level.
Get to know Dr. Gina Glass, lead physician at the TRIAD Health Centre since opening January 2020. She believes a collaborative relationship is key to maintaining good health and strives to empower her patients to guide their care. But, to ensure Dr. Glass’ patients really know her, we asked her 3 questions that you most likely always wanted to ask your doctor, yet never did.
1. How did you end up going into medicine?
Dr. Glass: During my college years, I enjoyed studying a wide variety of disciplines while mentoring and coaching fellow students as a Peer Counselor and Resident Assistant. So, when discerning what career to pursue, Family Medicine is what appealed to me most, due to its broad spectrum and focus on partnering with patients on their health and wellness.
2. What health advice do you find hard to follow and why?
Dr. Glass: I talk with my patients regularly about the importance of getting an average of 8 hours of sleep a night for maintaining optimal health. However, I admit to finding it difficult to consistently get to bed early enough to get 8 hours of sleep as evening are often my opportunity to connect with my husband and our young adult children.
3. What has seeing patients taught you about life?
Dr. Glass: That there are rarely, if ever, “black and white” answers. I believe that one of the wonderful things about life, including medicine, is that it is filled with complexity. Each patient has a unique health history and personal preferences. Although I definitely utilize evidence-based guidelines for patient care, I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach. I enjoy taking the time to get a comprehensive understanding of each patient’s background and preferences, discussing the pros and cons of various approaches to their healthcare, and providing convenient follow-up, whether virtual or in-person, to assist them in monitoring their progress toward their health and wellness goals.
Schedule an appointment at the TRIAD Health Centre by calling 856.454.8985 or reaching out via Spruce to meet Dr. Glass and review any medical concerns you may have.