Member Spotlight | Eric Beaver, MD
Member Status: Active
How long have you been within the OAFP community?
- 2011-2012 with a brief interruption during residency training.
Why did you choose family medicine? What has been the most fulfilling moment of your career or education?
- I participated in the FPO program with Dr James Beebe in Muskogee, and that experience always stuck with me. I loved the wide scope of care, the joy shared by staff and physicians I was able to interact with, and the overall positive outlook it gave me about primary care. When it came time to choose a career path, it was hard not to reflect on that experience to guide my overall decision to pursue FM. The most fulfilling aspect has always been watching those around me (patients, residents, peers, etc) feel fulfilled; Maybe it was from a disease process overcome/diagnosed/treated or maybe it was something as simple as finally realizing how to order medications in the EHR. Either way, seeing others succeed has always provided a giant boost in my overall career satisfaction.
What has been the most challenging aspect of your practice or education?
- Seeing the forest for the trees…
What is your work life balance like & how do you achieve it?
- Great. I have been very purposeful throughout my career to know when to say “no”. It has taken some trial and error for sure! I think the fear of missing out on an opportunity is just too strong during residency and beyond — and, there is something to be said about overextending yourself and knowing what that feels like to learn from it. However, knowing when to stop and say, “will this be something that will fulfill me or not?” is a talent that we all need to work toward.
Who is your biggest role model?
- Multiple – starting with Dr Beebe from the FPO all the way up to my previous medical director in residency.
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What do you like to do when you’re not working?
- Physical activity – anything to get me moving will be appreciated.
Any advice for residents and students finishing their training or education?
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- Lean on folks around you and stay present.