Scripps Internal Medicine Physician Vivian Tran, MD

>> Vivian Tran, MD: I was one
of those people in medical school who wanted to go into just about every single specialty, depending on whatever
rotation I was on at the time, and, at the end of the day, it really came down
to internal medicine. I felt like internal medicine was the field that was truly
the center of medicine and human pathology, and it was the field where I could best contribute
to the community. And primary care,
I felt like, was important for preventative medicine purposes, which is something
that I’m very interested in. I have a particular interest
in diabetes management. I had great endocrine attending
physicians at my training facility, and they truly inspired me
to take interest in diabetes. They taught me,
like most things in medicine, diabetes can’t be managed with one treatment plan
across the board, and that it’s important
to tailor treatment plans based on patients’ social
support systems, their beliefs and their goals. And my goal is
to help patients manage their diabetes and
its complications with the treatment plan
that’s best for them. I think with most relationships, and especially with
the doctor-patient relationship, honesty and trust are probably the most important aspect of that. For there to be
an open connection between a doctor
and their patient, there needs to be
complete honesty, and it needs to be
a safe zone where patients can feel like
they can tell me anything without being judged. Someone should always have
a primary care physician who they see regularly,
who knows their story. It’s important to have somebody
who you can rely on to help you navigate the system. It’s very easy
to get lost in the shuffle, lost to follow-up,
so having somebody on your side who helps you
navigate that system is going to be a benefit
for your health. I’d like my patients to know that when they come to see me, I take into account
their entire well-being. I focus not only
on their physical health, but also their mental
and spiritual health as well. I want to see where they’re
coming from as a patient. What was their upbringing?
What are their beliefs? And with that in mind, I can help tailor treatment plans
that are good for them. [music begins] I always tell my patients
that positive thinking will have a great impact on their lives. While thoughts alone
can’t cure diseases, positive thoughts lead
to positive actions, and therefore positive outcomes. The most satisfying part of my
job is building relationships with my patients and truly just
making a difference in people’s lives. Some days, the difference
might be small, but even the smallest differences make this job worth it. [music ends]

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