Dr. Pamela Wible (rhymes with Bible) played doctor from when she was 5 years old.
Her father was a pathologist and her mother a psychiatrist. There were babysitters, of course, but Pamela was one bossy kid. They couldn’t handle her.
So she ended up going to work with her parents, sometimes hanging out with corpses in the morgue like it was no big thing.
Pamela’s parents advised her not to go into medicine. But she had a dream of being a small town family doctor, making house calls.
At one time, Pamela’s dream was the norm. But not today. When Pamela started practicing medicine, she found herself rushing patients through in 10-15 minutes, not forming a relationship with patients and not fully addressing their problems or answering their questions.
It was not the type of medicine Pamela had in mind.
She tried all sorts of different working arrangements — small clinics, part-time, full-time, hospital-owned clinics — and nothing worked.
It was a numbers game. See more patients. Produce more. Bring in more revenue.
“The doctors weren’t happy and the patients weren’t happy,” Pamela says.
Pamela never grew out of her bossiness and independence. She knew that healing was still her calling. So instead of being beaten down by the system, she created a new one.
Well, it’s not entirely new. She’s going back to the patients, asking them what their ideal clinic would look like. The result looks very much like the small town village doctor that seems to have disappeared.
Pamela’s medical practice shows today that health care does not have to be frustrating and confusing and scary. Going to the doctor can be a joyful experience — one that heals you physically and spiritually. One that doesn’t have to break the bank.
Today, Pamela helps doctors all over the country revive their passion of health care by cutting out the layers that have mystified it for so long. And at TEDxSalem, Pamela will share some of her secrets to running the ideal medical practice.
Oh, and what is the three naked people rule?
You should never have that many waiting for you at the same time.
Name: Dr. Pamela Wible
Occupation: Family doctor
Wrote: Pet Goats & Pap Smears
Born in: Philadelphia
Raised in: Lucas, Texas
Lives in: Eugene
School: Wellesley College, University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, University of Arizona (residency)
Words of wisdom: “It’s just not right to have three naked people waiting at the same time.”
— Saerom Yoo, TEDxSalem storyteller