Hello, My dream has been to be a rural family doctor. I am from northern Michigan and would like to live and work up here. The past year I have been shadowing with 5 diff. FP docs and what I've seen is not what I'd expected. Each patient visit is so short there seems to only be time to deal with symptoms and that means adjusting and dishing out meds 90+ percent of the time. There seems to be no time to really look at the patients problems and hardly a chance to discover the CAUSE of the illness. One of the doctors had been practicing for over 30 years and told me that with the short 15 minute visits the 'art' of healing has been lost. I would still like to go to D.O. school and be a FP, but are there any ways around this trend or will we lose more and more of the personal side of medicine? Are there doctors forming clinics which address the needs of patients interested in in healing and not just suppressing symptoms? I've heard the Naturopathic doctors are favored in parts of Canada for this reason alone. What is the future of the doctor/patient relationship? -Sorry for so many questions!!! -Dan Cote'