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The Champion: Rebekah Bernard, MD

Updated: Feb 6

Rebekah Bernard MD is a Family Physician and the co-author of Patients at Risk: The Rise of the Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant in Health Care” (Universal Publishers 2020). She is a national speaker on the topic of physician wellness and practice management. Dr. Bernard also writes a regular blog for Medical Economics and is a frequent contributor to KevinMD and other health publications.

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A native Floridian and daughter of two Registered Nurses, Dr. Bernard grew up in the rural town of Clewiston. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Sociology and received her medical degree from the University of Miami. She completed her residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando.

Following residency, Dr. Bernard served for six years at a Federally Qualified Health Center in Immokalee, Florida as a National Health Service Corps Scholar. She then worked for a large out-patient hospital group for five years before opening her own practice, which she converted to a Direct Primary Care practice “Gulf Coast Direct Primary Care” in July 2016.

Rebekah Bernard’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: Always remember where you came from. Remember your roots.

Number 2: Remember what it’s like to be a patient, and to be in that chair, or on that exam table.

Number 3: Regain your autonomy. It’s so important to own yourself as much as possible.

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Notable quotes from Rebekah’s interview:

Sometimes those horrible moments you have have some silver linings and definitely brought me together with other people and made some strong friendships that will last a lifetime.
I really do believe that primary care is such a bedrock of the healthcare system – it’s so important. Unfortunately, it’s a little bit undervalued I would say, but it’s still a great place to practice medicine.
It doesn’t seem like the nursing organizations and leaders are listening even to their own graduates who are pleading for more standardization and better quality of education
Every study that shows good results with Nurse practitioners has involved nurse practitioners working in close collaboration with a physician. And when doctors, and nurse practitioners and PAs work together, patients can get amazing care.
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