Providing Clarity to Patients
When Benjamin Oliver was in college, one of his professors gave him a challenge – to set out on a career path that would stimulate him as a person and also help others. Years later, Oliver found himself as a physician assistant and has been serving the community for the last five years. Although he’s only been with Erlanger for three months, Oliver has enjoyed his time with the hospital and looks forward to the variety of patients he gets to see every day. “Another one of my favorite aspects of my job is when I’m able to successfully explain a concept to a patient, family member, or student or get them to understand the reason behind our actions,” says Oliver.
South University – Savannah, GA
1. What do you love most about your profession?
I really love the number of people I get to meet and work with on a regular basis. My other favorite part is the investigative aspect of medicine.
2. What is your best advice for patients?
Pay attention to your body. The history you provide is the number one thing that will help us find the cause of your symptoms or issues.
3. What would you consider to be your main strengths?
Being flexible, open-minded, and curious. With the constant updates and changes in medicine, being stagnant can lead to gaps in care or other shortcomings.
4. What is your philosophy when it comes to caring for your patients?
Listen to the patient, try to be clear and concise, and provide a plan that makes sense.
5. Do you believe in miracles?
I do believe in miracles. There are many instances where we can’t explain why or how something happened for our benefit, but it does.