Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc is one of MeMD’s board-certified Medical Providers and has been with us for almost 5 years! He completed his residency in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine and has over 19 years clinical experience. Read on to see what inspired him to be a doctor and some tips for parents and children during back to school season.
What inspired you to be a doctor?
My mom, who had the dream of me being a physician from the very time of her being in labor with me. She expressed her wish to me a few times as I was growing up, until it "clicked" with me to follow that path.
What health-related advice do you give to patients most often?
There is no magic bullet. Pills are not the only answer. Our bodies are complex structures that need to be treated as such. Therefore, I go over various measures that together help the patient recover fast and efficiently.
What prompted you to become involved in telemedicine?
I was reached out to by a recruiter and at first felt hesitant as it sounded out of this world! I didn't respond to the call initially, but later on I was contacted again and decided to give it a try out of curiosity, which later evolved in a great passion and totally new perception of medicine and patient care.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages that you see within the telehealth field?
Convenience, flexibility, promptness, and ubiquity are some revolutionizing features of telemedicine. Lack of hands on physical exam and continuity of care is something I'd love to have on board.
Is there a particular area of focus that you feel most passionate about?
I love video visits with my patients as it gives me the opportunity to establish better communication and an eye contact, thereby helping convey my thoughts and recommendations in an empathetic and convincing way. Also, I love to focus on educating patients by teaching them skills that they can apply next time in a similar situation.
What type of feedback have you received from patients regarding their experience with telemedicine?
It's inevitable to come across patients who like the experience and those who don't. The great majority of my patients have been very satisfied with their experience, which in turn keeps me going!
What question do our patients seem to ask you the most?
Besides those related to the problem they have, I am frequently asked "where am I located?" and "how do I like what I am doing?"
Do you have any tips for students or parents during back-to-school season?
Avoid unhealthy habits, make sure you listen and follow the advice of your parents (if you are a student) and your physician, and lastly try to find the balance between your personal life and studies!
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