The LAFP Member of the Month is a forum to recognize and highlight our members. We hope you enjoy learning about fellow members both on a personal and professional level. LAFP is proud to recognize Jason Schrock, MD as our December 2018 Member of the Month.
Jason Schrock, MD was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and grew up in Bunkie. Dr. Schrock received his doctorate from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Baton Rouge General Family Medicine Residency Program and is currently practicing in the Baton Rouge area with Ochsner Health System. He enjoys traveling with an ultimate goal of visiting every country around the world.
Get to Know Dr. Schrock
I enjoy participating in charitable work in underprivileged venues and communities around the world. I also enjoy spending time with friends and family and cooking.
If you weren’t a physician, what would you be doing with your career right now?
I’m not sure I can answer that question because I have been wanting to be in medicine my whole life.
Initially I had focused on internal medicine, however during my last rotation in med school, which was Family Medicine, I quickly discovered that this was what I was meant to do. The mentorship and guidance that was provided to me at the time played a vital role in my decision.
Attending the AAFP National Conference as a Resident allowed me to understand the process that greatly impacts the future of family medicine. It has been rewarding to participate in many activities from state legislature to LSU football games; building new friendships as well as strengthening old ones.
Honestly, I love the CME opportunities that are offered through LAFP. They have made my life so easy in meeting and networking with my colleagues, while at the same time allowing me to obtain good information for my patients and fulfilling my continuing education requirements.
I think they should look at what drives them to medicine. Family Physicians offer a special role to the patient in coordination of care and building a lasting relationship with patients that not all specialties are able to have with a patient.
How can we attract more medical students to Family Medicine?
I think we should share the upcoming trends in medicine with them. We need to explain how value-based care is affecting healthcare as a whole and how the patient’s family medicine physician is playing an expanded role in the care of patients. New opportunities are arising in family medicine and the innovations that are making for an amazing career offering work-life balance with immense satisfaction is very appealing.
What is the biggest opportunity or challenge you see in the specialty in the next five years?
I think opportunity exists in healthcare innovation and population health, allowing for an expanded role of the physician in a more dynamic market. With rising healthcare cost, we see both insurers and patients looking for ways to cut costs. I think the role of the Family Physician will play a pivotal part in this shift to more affordable healthcare with better outcomes.
Life is a blessing and practicing medicine is a privilege. Always work hard, but take time for life.
I think empathy is the most important quality. It gives one the ability to really connect with their patients no matter their situation.