Episode 44 - Dr. Joi Johnson-Weaver (They/Them) of Resolve MD - Columbia, MD

Direct Primary Care Doctor



Dr. Johnson-Weaver with their stethoscope
Dr. Joi Johnson-Weaver

Dr. Joi Johnson-Weaver is a Board-Certified Family Medicine doctor who has been practicing for close to 15 years. After obtaining their bachelor's from Princeton University, Dr. Johnson-Weaver attended Temple School of Medicine and then completed their residency at Chestnut Hill Family Practice in Philadelphia, PA. Personally, Dr. Johnson-Weaver enjoys spending time with their blended family of seven, coaching youth sports and reading clubs and gardening.


They opened Resolve MD in 2018!


In their interview, Dr. Johnson-Weaver shares about Resolve MD - from it's logo design creation to how the practice faired during the pandemic. Dr. Johnson-Weaver also discusses the importance of pronouns and using the correct pronouns as they developed an inclusive, affirming practice and much more!


Dr. Johnson-Weaver and the Lion are on top of the clinic mission: Membership-based family medical care where our only focus is your health.
Dr. Johnson-Weaver and their Lion logo
A door with an explanation of inclusive medical care.
The Inclusive Welcome Note From Resolve MD

Resources Mentioned and Recommended By Dr. Johnson-Weaver:

- Oath Against Racism

- My Pronouns. org


CONTACT:

Website: Resolve MD

Socials: resolvemd_dpc

443-574-4439

info@resolvemd.org






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TRANSCRIPT:

COMING 06.27.21 - Dr. Joi Johnson-Weaver of Resolve MD*

[00:00:00] direct primary care is an innovative alternative path to insurance driven healthcare. Typically patients pay their doctor a low monthly membership and in return build a lasting relationship with their doctor and have their doctor available at their fingertips.

[00:00:34] Dr. Johnson Weaver is a board certified family medicine doctor who has been practicing for close to 15 years after obtaining their bachelor's from Princeton university. Dr. Johnson Weaver attended tumble school of medicine, and then completed their residency at Chestnut hill family practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

[00:00:54] Personally Dr. Johnson Weaver enjoy spending time with their blended family of seven coaching youth [00:01:00] sports and reading clubs and gardening. They opened resolve MD in 2018.

[00:01:08] Direct primary care means freedom. To me, it means the ability to be able to practice in a more personal manner, with my patients and, not have so many people between us in that relationship, meaning administrators and health insurances. So being a direct primary care physician has allowed me to practice the way that I always dreamed of as a child.

[00:01:36] And so that in essence just equals freedom. My name is Dr. Johnson Weaver, and this is my DPC story. Welcome to the podcast after Johnson Weaver. I thank you. Thank you for having me. It's definitely my pleasure. Now in your intro, you mentioned about how you envisioned medicine being a certain way when you were a [00:02:00] child.

[00:02:00] So I wanted to open with that. And have you explain a little bit more to the listeners? What did you envision when you were a child thinking about medicine? Well, you know, I envisioned having a very personal relationship with patients and, you know, as a child, I just imagined that I had time in my day to develop those relationships.

[00:02:27] And didn't envision sort of the amount of paperwork and other. Non medicine, things that I would be doing, you know, in, in the insurance space world. And so, so I, when I say that, that, that sort of practicing medicine in the way that I did as a, that, and the way that I envisioned as a child, it really was very patient centered and not much of anything else.

[00:02:51] And when you had that vision, had you been exposed to medicine in that your family was involved in medicine or your [00:03:00] experience, your vision came from your experience as a patient or both? I think it's, it's probably some of it, not necessarily family members in medicine, but I think images that I may have seen on TV and then just my imagination as well, books that I've may have read it sort of all sort of contributed to this vision of what I had, uh, of, of treating patients.

[00:03:25] And when you were in your medical training, in medical school and in residency, did you have any experiences that fed into that vision that you had as a child? There were parts. I mean, you know, when I rounded with, or had some rotations with primary care physicians, especially ones that own their own practices, I think you kind of see what you want to see.

[00:03:48] Right. And so I think I saw, you know, this is a solo doc practicing the way they want, you know, really developing this great, these great doctor, patient relationships [00:04:00] and practicing medicine in the way they, they want. So I think, I, I think I thought I saw that throughout med school and maybe parts of residency.

[00:04:09] And after residency, after you had graduated, what was your path before opening up resolving. No. So when I graduated from residency, I started at a federally qualified health center in Delaware. I trained in Philadelphia in the Philadelphia surrounding area of Pennsylvania. So it wasn't too far to, to move to Delaware and, and practice.

[00:04:33] And I really did enjoy it. I really enjoyed the patients. The pace was a big ruling. The paperwork was certainly a big ruling, a bit grueling as well, but, and then I practiced there for a few years and then transitioned to a, uh, a more of a private practice with, you know, six or seven docs in Maryland. And, you know, again, I enjoyed that.

[00:04:56] I enjoyed the patients, the pace I wasn't thrilled with. And so I [00:05:00] transitioned to a practice where I was at actually for nine years, a large organization still in Maryland. Uh, I was a lead physician at, uh, one of the sites for seven years and even stayed within the organization, went to another office that was kind of closer to home.

[00:05:14] And I found myself sort of starting to feel a bit like I was wandering. Like I wasn't, I wasn't quite practicing in the way that I, I, you know, I really wanted to, which started started me sort of questioning, you know, what, we're my next steps in medicine in general. And when you started questioning, what were some of those questions that you had that you were seeking out answers?

[00:05:40] Well, I think each, each location, you know, and I left obviously on my own accord and unite in the lead doc and at least three of the, of the positions that I've been in. There's always this underlying current of why don't we have more time, uh, with patients, there was always something new that administrators were trying to [00:06:00] sort of push on us.

[00:06:01] Somehow they felt that were more important than the patient, even though it was supposed to be patient centered, this is going to help the patient, but actually it took up more of our time. Um, so I didn't quite see it as being beneficial to the patient. And I re I, I didn't really like that control controlling feeling.

[00:06:17] I, you know, I thought, I, I guess I envisioned after going through so much training. That once you're out of training now, you're, you're, you're you're out and you don't have people breathing down your neck. And that was just the exact opposite. Um, with the different positions I was in. And even if I didn't necessarily have an administrator breathing down my neck, if I was a lead doctor, they wanted me to breed down another physician's neck or a nurse practitioner or physician assistants.

[00:06:43] And, um, and I feel quite comfortable with that either. Definitely. And I totally hear you on that. It's so interesting that you say that so succinctly though, because it is so true, like when you go into medicine, I, I, you know, maybe not, maybe not everybody feels like this, but I, I can completely relate.

[00:07:00] [00:07:00] Like you go into medicine being so proud of every, you know, procedure you've done in training of every diagnosis that you feel really confident in treating. And then all of a sudden you spend your time three o'clock in the morning charting, because that's what you've been told that y