Zimbler Pursues Family Medicine with Hands-On Approach
Old Westbury, N.Y. (June 4, 2014) — Community, family, and connection are key to Jodi Zimbler’s idea of practicing medicine.
Zimbler, 25, a recent graduate of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine who will start her family residency at North Shore-LIJ Plainview Hospital, feels a powerful draw to the facility and its patients.
“I feel like you definitely have a strong connection with the patients there,” says Zimbler. “There are a lot of regular patients there. It’s a very small community and you get to know people.”
And “family” will be very near; just weeks before her July 1 residency starts, Zimbler is marrying Conor Parks, who matched to the same residency. The pair met at Fordham University during their undergraduate studies and stayed together through the rigors of medical school.
Zimbler, a Long Island native, said the hospital felt like home on her very first rotation there two years ago. She kept an open mind about her future specialty before settling on family medicine.
“I thought family medicine would be the best choice for me because I really like having the variety of patients,” she says. “I wanted to treat adults and pediatrics, and women’s health is also important to me. I just thought it would be the best way to encompass all aspects of each discipline.”
Zimbler expects she will encounter patients from various backgrounds and with differing healthcare needs at both the hospital and its affiliated Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn.
“I really like getting to know my patients,” she says. “You have a stronger way of getting to know your patients when you can see everyone in the family, from birth to when they’re grandparents. It’s a nice, full experience.”
Zimbler says she intends to use her osteopathic manipulative medicine skills while treating patients.
“It’s so hands-on and you have a different way to connect with the patient,” she says. “I definitely want to incorporate it into practice. I think it makes patients feel more comfortable when you’re willing to have that human contact. It definitely helps people, and that’s the goal.”
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