Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

I am a huge fan of journaling. Why? It makes us better people. It makes us sit and think. It allows your creative side to express itself. It forces you to be still. And it will help your DPC practice.

The above image is the journalI started a year BEFORE I opened FDPC (Forest Direct Primary Care). I still have it. I can to find my own prompts, inspiration, and motivation to keep me going.

You can do the same. Start now. Even if you are in the pre-contemplative stage of starting your own practice. That’s what I did. Write about:

  • Your dream practice
  • Your perfect day
  • The type of patients you want
  • The staff you want
  • What your office will look like

If you are in practice than start journaling about the good things that went on during the day or what you are grateful for. There is a ton of stuff to keep you journaling, so much so that I had to create this book for those who needed some help:

You do NOT have to buy it but I think it is pretty good for DPC CENTRIC daily tips and prompts. There is nothing else out there like it (well, until someone copies it).

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By Doug Farrago

Douglas Farrago MD 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. 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. Douglas Farrago, MD received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia in 1987, his Masters of Education degree in the area of Exercise Science from the University of Houston in 1990, and his Medical Degree from the University of Texas at Houston in 1994. His residency training occurred way up north at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. In his final year, he was elected Chief Resident by his peers. Dr. Farrago has practiced family medicine for twenty-three years, first in Auburn, Maine and now in Forest, Virginia. He founded Forest Direct Primary Care in 2014, which quickly filled in 18 months. Dr. Farrago still blogs every day on his website Authenticmedicine.com and lectures worldwide about the present crisis in our healthcare system and the effect it has on the doctor-patient relationship. Dr. Farrago’s has written three books on direct primary care: The Official Guide to Starting Your Own Direct Primary Care Practice, The Direct Primary Care Doctor’s Daily Motivational Journal and Slowing the Churn in Direct Primary Care (While Also Keeping Your Sanity) are all best sellers in this genre. He is a leading expert in direct primary care model and lectures medical students, residents, and doctors on how to start their own DPC practice. He retired from clinical medicine in October, 2020.

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