Meet Thomas A. Scott, MD, Allergy & Asthma | Ascension Kansas
21
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , /


It’s the only thing I ever wanted to do. I grew up as a kid, wanting to do something
in medicine. For a year or two, I thought about being a
dentist until I thought about putting my hands in someone’s mouth and decided against it. From then on out, it was straight to med school. Awesome. I didn’t have an option. I was a biology major in college and I took,
one of my upper level courses was immunology, loved it. It was fast moving, a lot of cutting edge
changes and they occur frequently. So, when I got to medical school, I knew a
lot of what was already in the curriculum because I had it in college. So, it was kind of a natural extension to
go into it once I had the opportunity. What they need to know about me is that I’m
pretty much a straight shooter, but I like to have a lot of fun. I think I’ve a little personality. But when it comes to their health, I’m pretty
serious. I kind of use humor to balance that off. I don’t like my patients to be sick. I don’t like them to have, or undergo, suffering
needlessly. My role in our relationship is to teach them
how to manage their own conditions and give them the best options to do so. My job is to help keep them well, out of the
hospital, and doing what they prefer to do, which is work, play, live, with minimal interruption
by their disease. If they can do that, if we can have a boring
life with no drama from medical problems, I’m very happy. First thing is I’m myself, I’m not a TV doctor. I give them the information they need after
listening to them. I know what I know and only by listening can
I find out what they really want and need. Then, we need to negotiate how we’re going
to address problems. It’s not a paternalistic relationship and
if you don’t listen, you miss an opportunity to help people because it doesn’t matter what
you think they need if they don’t want to do it, can’t afford to do it, or have some
other barrier that interferes with achieving a goal. So, I’m a team player and I think I need a
good teammate in a patient to help get us to where we need to go. Sleep. Sleeping is good, traveling is good, visiting
family, play sports if my body lets me. Things like that, yeah. I spend a lot of time in the community volunteering. I’m in several organizations. I mentor and I am mentored by a lot of people
and with a lot of people. I just try to make everybody better, I try
to put some good in the world. That’s probably why I need more sleep.


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