Med School Comprehensive Care Unit Head Knows Where It's At in GP
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I HE SHREVEPORT 1IMES Sunday. July 4, 1971 3 C Med School Comprehensive Care Unit Head Knows Where It's At in GP Dr. Robert D. Knapp Jr. The family physician is com-ing back to town. Or, couched in the language of the 1970s, his job is called comprehensive care, but it's still general practice. And, it's making a comeback, according to Dr. Walter C. Bornemeir, outgoing president of the American Medical Asso-ciation. Dr. Edgar Hull, dean of the Louisiaa State University Med-ical School at Shreveport be-lieves it, and points out there is even a speciality board, The American Academy of General Practice. And, Dr. Robert D. Knapp Jr., Wyoming - country - doctor - turned Mayo - Clinic - editor, not only agrees, but he has come to S h r e v e p o r t to do| something about it. As the new p r o f e s s o r of medicine, head of the medical school's Comprehensive C a r e Unit, Knapp will be telling young medical students where it's at in the area of general practice. Route to Specialist He feels that a person in general p r a c t i c e "can treat most things, and if the person does need a specialist, having a family doctor is the best way to get one." On a tour of Europe, one doctor told him that in his country, "it was unethical for a specialist to see a patient who hasn't been seen by a gp (general practitioner)." In recent years, "medical students never met anyone in general practice and the tenden-cy was to go into a speciality." The trend is reversing, Knapp feels. It's a matter of training, he explained. "Now in the past five or six years, medical schools have started p r o g r a m s in family practice. Now the medical stu-cfent sees family practice in medical school. Part of Buildup "This is part of the build up of comprehensive care and family practice," he said in an in'er-view. Discussing specifically the Comprehensive Care program at the local medical school, Knapp said that in the third and fourth years, students will be assigned to various areas, in-cuding specialities as medicine and surgery. "But, no matter what service they are on, they will spend, two, one-half days a week in the Comprehensive Care Unit," he explained. The students will "see pa-tients in office-like situations. There will be examining rooms, and! equipment similar to equip-ment they would have in private practice," such as laboratory and radiology apparatus. The patient that is initially assigned to a student "will remain his responsibility as long as the student is in medical school." If the patient is referred to surgery and comes back to the Comprehensive Care Unit, "he will still be the patient of the medical student." In other words, "this responsi-bility will continue from the beginning of the relationship until the s'udent graduates." While still in undergraduate school, Knapp thought he would become a general practitioner "or a psychiatrist," but a summer of working in a mental hospital "cured! me of wanting to become a psychiatrist." He was in the private practice of medicine in Pinedale, Wyo., from 1953 to 1959, where the nearest hospital was 100 miles, "and for three years I Mas the only doctor in the country." It was the kind of practice where Knapp was called in the middle of the night to come treat a woman who "is very bad." When he arrived he was told "you'd better hurry for the baby is almost here." Not only had he never seen the patient before, but the baby was premature and the light plant went out on the ranch. He has also done stints in a Minneapolis physicians' practice and in a rural Minnesota area.
|Title||Med School Comprehensive Care Unit Head Knows Where It's At in GP|
Knapp, Robert D.
Family Medicine and Comprehensive Care Department (Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Shreveport)
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