Farmington Hills, Mich., November 19, 2007 Ė Role models distinguish themselves in such a way that others admire and want to emulate them. Such is the relationship between a local obstetrician/gynecologist and the two younger members of his practice. Ronald Cheek, M.D., has been caring for women for 35 years.
The next younger physician at Premier OB/GYN Services in Farmington Hills, Roderick Cairgle, M.D., has been in active practice for more than 11 years. The newest and youngest doctor, Monique Gillman, M.D., has been an OB/GYN for just over a year. Drs. Gillman and Cairgle met Dr. Cheek while they were training for their medical specialty. As a clinical instructor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University, Dr. Cheek was able to pass on his wealth of experience and that elusive quality known as good "bedside manner" to these younger doctors during their residencies at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit.
Now, the three of them are coworkers. Botsford Hospital wooed them to join its medical staff and built a brand new practice for them on its campus in the South Professional Building on Grand River Avenue. The practice opened earlier this year.
Women Encouraged to Get Regular Medical Care
It can be difficult to trust strangers. Yet, women need to hand their trust to highly trained physicians. Their health, and if pregnant, the health of their unborn babies, depends on it. Trust can be easier to give if you and your physician have the same gender or race, making it easier for the doctor to know what youíre going through. If you were comfortable with your doctor, you probably would be more likely to get regular checks-ups.
However, having the same race or gender as your doctor doesn't guarantee a good doctor-patient relationship. Drs. Cairgle, Cheek and Gillman earn their patientsí trust by listening, caring and showing respect. Being respected is so important between a woman and her OB/GYN.
"We all put a lot of energy in developing our patientsí respect and trust," Cheek says. "Both Monique and Roderick got the message from me on these important topics repeatedly during their residencies. I am so proud to be working with two physicians who I trained. If I say so myself, they are both fantastic caregivers!"
Botsford Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2006 Governorís Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting (for treatment of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia) and a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center. Botsford also provides a regional campus for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Botsfordís Web address is www.botsford.org.
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