New Primary Care Dr. Michael Fields Looks To Build a Rapport with the Community
It was a college job shadow that solidified primary care for Dr. Michael Fields.
By intently watching his aunt’s medical operation in rural Minnesota, Fields, Gritman | Moscow Family Medicine’s newest family medicine provider, saw what was possible when doctors and patients form a relationship built upon years of treatment with the same provider.
“I fell in love with the primary care physicians’ interactions with their patients,” he said. “They could ask about their dogs or their boat or family trip, and there was an established patient relationship there, it really made the difference with the patient.”
He saw how the personal touch paid off for patients in primary care, how knowing the doctor who examined them elicited a smiling face when that provider walked into the room.
“That’s the dream,” he said of his ability to treat broad-spectrum primary care. Nobody knows a patient better both for routine checkups and in a traumatic situation than the primary care doctor who has been treating them for years and knows the challenges they face.
Dr. Fields is excited to begin forming those bonds as a full-spectrum primary care provider at the Gritman | Moscow Family Medicine Westside Clinic.
Originally from Kansas, Dr. Fields spent three years as a resident with Kootenai Family Medicine in Coeur d’Alene before joining Gritman. He completed his undergraduate degree at University of Minnesota Twin Cities and his medical degree at the University of South Dakota.
He’s eager to work in primary care because it allows him to apply his trade in multiple settings, from time helping kids with scrapes and bruises to annual wellness exams to helping patients manage medications to biopsies and toenail removal.
Helping work toward goals, whether it’s to help a patient sleep better or get them off of a blood pressure medicine, is the type of sustainable success he plans to achieve by making care a partnership with his patients.
“We’re not just treating people, but also friends and family that we’re having actual relationships with,” he said.
After training in a variety of settings, Dr. Fields knew he wanted to work in a smaller community and came to the Palouse after hearing about the opportunities available for primary care.
Discussions with Gritman | Moscow Family Medicine Family Medicine provider Dr. Bryn Parker led to a visit by Dr. Fields and his wife, Kia. Moscow’s small-town feel, combined with the feeling of living among inhabitants with varying life experiences, was ideal for their situations.
“When we got here and had boots on the ground, those components were really palpable and we kind of fell in love,” he said.
They’re eager to explore this adopted home. When not practicing medicine, the Fields family has a 6-year-old rescue dog, Levi, and loves to follow both college and professional basketball, enjoy the outdoors, games, travel, and all types of food.
Gritman | Moscow Family Medicine’s Westside Clinic is located in the Gritman Medical Park at 2500 W. A St., Moscow, and accepts all forms of insurance. Schedule an appointment at gritman.org/clinics or by calling 208-882-2011.