I’m actually a little surprised that I haven’t encountered more difficult patient encounters. Nearly all the patients have been pleasant, or at the very least neutral. Today I did have one encounter where the patient seemed to be kind of at their wit’s end for reason unbeknownst to me, but even so they was overall nice (perhaps a little passive aggressive).
I don’t expect this to necessarily be an indicator for the reality of primary care though (even if it generally is), but I kinda want some more experience working with difficult patients. I also want more practice with motivational interviewing. Opportunities have been there, but I just get caught up in going through motions and I forget. Also part of it is being cognizant of time, or lack thereof.
Then again, I have enough to worry about with trying to nail the simple more routine patient encounters.