I was so pleased when Shannon’s friend and peer Rylee recommended for professional Doctor’s headshots, both student doctors were amazing to work with. Shannon is considering going into Family practice, and after talking with her a few moments I was so impressed with her commitment and professional, respectful manner. She is warm and empathic and I know that will take her far with future patients who feel cared about and understood.
Congratulations on your white coat, graduation, and journey Dr. Shannon!
In the 21st century, according to Wiki, the training of osteopathic physicians in the United States is equivalent to the training of Doctors of Medicine (MDs). Osteopathic physicians attend four years of medical school followed by an internship and a minimum two years of residency.
But what happens after, when establishing your own practice or as a student doctor, seeing patients? As with any career a professional headshot is vital. The right headshot sets the president for quality, effort, and professionalism.
Personally I believe, as a human being (and photographer,) that is because people get a feeling of connection from a photo with a warm smile and clear view of the eyes! As humans we make emotional decisions- no more so then when we are choosing a doctor. Maybe we are in pain, or choosing care for a beloved family member or child- and we take a lot of factors into our seemingly split second decision from seeing a doctors photo. A well lit and direct friendly gaze projects honestly, integrity, and concern. I can tell in 2 seconds if someone has taken the time to prepare for a photo. When I see that a portrait was professionally taken I see the effort taken by a doctor or business professional to give their best as mentioned above in the quote by Dr. Foxwell. Additionally, an update headshot is just as important! If someone hasn’t taken a few moments (from understandably very busy career and life) to make the effort to be recognizable it conveys a feeling of not caring- that may not be correct but it is a reality of how people react to decades old photos.
Natasha Singh of Doximity recently researched online medical profiles detailing the importance of a business portrait taken professionally for your potential patients and prospective medical firms or peers to view. Amazingly everything from increased referrals, higher incomes, and better job matches for both experienced doctors as well as recent medical school graduates can benefit from a great headshot.
Suffice it to say-people want to see who they are working with and a bright, focused, well shot portrait of your smile speaks volumes when being reviewed for a medical school application or later when inviting patients to choose you are their physician!