May, 2016

How could you hide 100,000
Family Physicians in plain sight?

Family Physician Disappearing Act
Family Physician Disappearing Act

This doctor's desire to improve lives began as a lifeguard.

Jason Chew, DO, didn't realize he was destined to be a doctor until he became a full-time lifeguard in San Diego, California. The EMT training he received there was the catalyst that led him to pursue medical school and eventually earn, in 2007, an interview with AtlantiCare Physician Group. He's been practicing as a primary care physician in Ocean City, New Jersey, ever since.

Born and raised in the area, Dr. Chew was hesitant about returning to work in the same place he lived, where he might run into patients at the grocery store. "But the size and stability of AtlantiCare was a real draw," he says. "Since AtlantiCare is now a member of Geisinger Health System, we have a larger physician base and the benefit of Geisinger's ProvenCare model which helps us learn from each other, share best practices, and more." The commute apparently wasn't bad either. "For years I rode my beach cruiser to the office," he laughs.
Work-life balance was also an important factor in Dr. Chew's decision to join AtlantiCare. "Medicine is my career, but my wife and kids are my life," he adds. Working at AtlantiCare allows him to pursue his passion for surfing and paddle racing as well as other activities with his family. 

He truly enjoys his colleagues and office staff. "They're the best I've ever worked with," says Dr. Chew. "We have monthly practice meetings, and there's always something new to talk about. AtlantiCare is very open and accommodating, too. You can take your career in almost any direction, tailoring it how you like. You're not micromanaged. Instead, you have opportunities to share ideas and be heard."  Read More

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