Updated: Jun 19, 2018
Meet our real doctor, Jessica McGee!
Dr. McGee has been a part of the AP Pediatrics team since August 2016, and she took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us about her journey to her specialty and to AP.
What would you say motivates you the most about what you do?
"Seeing how families grow and change with me and seeing how they come into their role as parents. I have a lot of young families in my practice and, for a lot of them, this is their first kid. So, they go from feeling like they don’t know what they’re doing—even though they’re doing great—to being really confident and handling anything their kids throw at them. I think that if I have been able to help them navigate that and feel confident, then that would be one of my favorite things about this job."
What are you most excited or passionate about in your specialty?
"I think that this changes all the time for physicians as their practice grows, so some of that is based on my general young practice. What brings me back is seeing people every couple of months, seeing how they’re changing, how their kids are growing, seeing how things we talked about at the last visit are working or finding new ways to try and help them adapt to parenting challenges that they’re facing. For the older kids that I’m starting to get to know better too, I see them doing well in school or make their plans for the future and really turn into the people they’re going to be and that’s really exciting."
What are the goals you most want to accomplish in your practice at AP?
"I see my biggest job and my biggest goal as assisting parents to raise healthy and well-adjusted kids who can turn into adults who can pursue whatever they want independently. A lot of that comes from the foundation of having healthy habits, having thoughtful health habits, and having thoughtful behaviors in school. I think a lot of my goal is to help parents figure out how to instill that intrinsic motivation in their kids. Specifically, I really like working with athletes. I see a lot of that so, I like keeping them healthy, keeping them in play, getting them back to play if they’re injured and that sort of thing. I think that’s one of the specific populations that I’m interested in working with. There’s so many high school athletes here who are going on to play in college and I think that getting them ready to go and helping them understand the demands on their body is one of my goals."
What about your personal career goals?
"I think the biggest thing for me is to formulate those long term relationships with families and get to the point that the babies I’m seeing now graduate and go to college and I think that’s one of the special things that pediatricians and career pediatricians get to do is see kids grow up and then sometimes even see the second generation. So, to build trust with a family who then says, “I’m going to bring my kids to you,” and to see that cycle start over would just be so neat and it’s something that I just haven’t been in practice long enough to experience, but would be sort of my long-term goal."
Did you always want to do Pediatrics?
"I think I always knew that I was going to work with kids. I have a younger sister. I grew up in daycare, and I was always the “mom” figure. I loved taking care of little kids, so I knew I wanted to work with kids. The question for me was in what venue, so I toyed with a couple different science fields and, ultimately, felt like the trust that people have with their pediatricians and the relationship that you get to build with them long-term was what I really liked. I looked at some things where you might be in a kid’s life for a shorter period of time, but not the 18-year span. So, once I figured out that I was going to do medicine, the pediatrics part was never a second thought."
What attracted you to work for Associated Physicians?