September Physician Focus: The Physician-Patient Relationship

Since the days of Hippocrates, the physician-patient relationship has been regarded as the foundation of good health care, thus making the selection of a physician one of the most important medical decisions a patient will make.

The September episode of Physician Focus provides an in-depth discussion of this key element of health care with two experienced primary care physicians.

Special guest for this program is MMS Vice President Dennis M. Dimitri, M.D., a board-certified family physician in Worcester, Mass. with more than three decades of primary care experience.

Dr. Dimitri, (photo, seated) Clinical Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School in Worcester, joins fellow family physician and program host Mavis Jaworski, M.D. for the conversation.

Focusing on primary care, the physicians examine a range of topics, including what factors patients should consider when seeking a physician, the elements that make up a good physician-patient relationship, the barriers that might negatively affect the relationship, what patients and physicians might do if the relationship doesn’t seem to be working, and the potential impact on the relationship of new models of care such as the patient-centered medical home and accountable care organizations.

Physician Focus is available for viewing on public access television stations throughout Massachusetts and also available online at ,  and on iTunes at

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