Executive Medicine goes far beyond an executive physical – creating a personal relationship with your doctor who provides a road map to keeping you healthy
At first glance it’s irresistible, right? Who wouldn’t want to know they’re not harboring a hidden cancer?
This is called clinical distance, and in our opinion it is essential to the best medical care. Without it, there is a small but vital level of objectivity that melts away in the warmth of personal friendship and that, believe it or not, can be the difference between life and death.
At our practice we conduct in-depth annual health assessments. At these visits, we create a longer document that follows the same format but expands greatly on it to include your medications, surgeries, allergies, family history, health habits, significant studies such as cardiac treadmills and colonoscopies, and more.
The most common one, by a wide margin, has nothing directly to do with the practice of medicine. Rather, it’s about simple decency:
Failing to return phone calls.
When we speak to potential patients about our practice they often say, “Is there anything else I should ask when choosing a personal physician?” Here’s what we tell them.
At the Sheldon Sowell Center for Health, our phones are answered live, 24/7. During office hours our staff answers. The rest of the time your call goes directly to Dr. Sheldon or Dr. Sowell.
The annual physical exam is often debated in the medical literature and media. Since meeting our patients at least annually is the centerpiece of our practice at the Sheldon Sowell Center for Health, it may surprise you to learn that we’re on the anti-physical side.
A growing part of our practice centers on caring for students who have come from out of state to attend Colorado colleges such as the University of Denver, which is a short distance from our office.
This is the third of our three part series on “How to Choose a Concierge Physician.” Our advice: Put your needs first!