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First Time Out with Kara - Fairfax, VA

posted Oct 11, 2015, 1:42 PM by Jen Weigel
Our new PRC Kara started on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  As part of her training, she spent her first week with the TLC Rockvile crew, and then her second week was spent with us at TLC Tysons.  I had lots of fun showing her how to make patient folders, having her shadow everyone as they worked with patients, and quite frankly, there's no better way to learn than just plain jumping in, so I took her out into the field on Monday, September 14, 2015, to visit some Affiliates in the Fairfax, VA, area.  I was a little bit nervous because this was my first time to take someone else in the field with me!  Up until now, I was always the one tagging along.  

We stopped by Fair Oaks Mall first.  Dr. Fei Chan was kind enough to meet with us on short notice.  This was my first time to hand out business cards, brochures, and pens.  I organized them in my little TLC bag that I took everywhere with me.  It gave me insight into just why Joan's car trunk is always so full of TLC materials!  We also met with Dr. Soma Bose who was so much fun!  She and her office manager had great suggestions on improving communications between offices.

We missed Dr. Ashish Chhitwal at his Fairfax City office, but his office manager, Kat, was eager to tell us about their new office location that would be kicking off soon.  I have known Kat for a while now, so I'm sure she will keep Kara busy!  Dr. Terri Vo had an interesting difference in patient demographics between her two offices.  One tends to have more established patients while the other tends to have younger patient demographics.

We ended our afternoon by visiting Dr. Deborah Kim in Fairfax City.  When Kara told me that she might have met Dr. Kim before, I hate to admit that I brushed her off.  I mean, come on.  She had only been on the job for like 4 days!  But, I had to eat my words when, in fact, they had actually met each other the week before at TLC Rockville!  

What a productive afternoon.  And, best of all, I got her back to the office safely and on time.  Staff likes to say that I am a bad driver with an unreliable car, but they are so wrong about that!  - jw