Enlist a specialist extensively trained in caring for you or your child when you choose Dr. Potter who is board certified in both Internal Medicine for Adults and Pediatrics for children. With hours of training over 20 plus years with ongoing study, you get what you and your child need to return to a healthier more abundant life.
Double Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Becoming a doctor with board certification in any specialty requires a specific series of steps. Besides the normal undergraduate degree and graduate medical degree, several years of on-the-job training are required before a certification test provides the final certificate. This certification means that the doctor has spent 1000’s of hours working under teachers and trainers proving their ability to practice medicine. Armed with certification by a national board, the doctor is able to call themselves a specialist in that field.
For me (Dr. Potter), I had always wanted to be a pediatrician from early in my calling to medicine. I worked through medical school with this goal, but realized I had a heart for adults while volunteering at a small clinic called Siloam Family Health Center. I considered Family Medicine, but obstetrics (delivering babies) was not something that interested me. I found that a dual program combining Internal Medicine and Pediatrics would equip me to pursue both adults and children without the obstetrics.
The decision to pursue double certification in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics meant an extra year of training (four instead of three), but I have not regretted it. The opportunity to train deeply in both fields and to then apply that training to the relief of suffering in all age groups was worth it. Many times, I have had the privilege of caring for 3 generations of a family and this would not have been possible if I had chosen one or the other.
In order to deepen my ability to care for both adults and children, I then added certification in functional Medicine with the Institute for Functional Medicine, meaning another series of courses followed by another certification test. Again, I don’t regret the hours of learning and studying as it has allowed me to care more effectively for so many.
Now I continue yearly hours of official CME to maintain my license as well as repeated testing every 7-10 years for my board certifications. These hours, combined with my continual reading of medical research and audio lectures, keep me on top of medicine for my patient’s benefit.