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Meet Dr. Draughon

I was born and raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area. I excelled in school, and decided I wanted to become a doctor by the time I was in junior high school.

Unfortunately, my father was not willing to pay for my college education, and I did not see how I could come up with the money myself. I decided I would try being a housewife and married my high school sweetheart just a few months out of high school, at the age of 18.

I graduated early from high school and was taking some classes at the local junior college, when I got pregnant. My son was born a week before I turned 19 years old.

By the time my son was a year old, I realized I could not be a housewife. I craved to go back to school, particularly to work eventually in a medical field. By that time I had almost completed my AA degree in Early Childhood Education, so I finished that while I was doing prerequisites for nursing school. When I didn't get accepted to nursing school because they did not feel I was committed enough to that field, my husband and I decided it was time to have another baby.

I placed my nursing school application for the second time the week before my daughter was born. Six weeks later I received an acceptance notice. My daughter was 5 months old and my son was 2 1/2 years old when I attended nursing school. I worked part time as a nurse's aide at the local hospital while in school at Chabot College in Hayward.

After graduation from nursing school in 1976, I went to work full-time on a medical-surgical ward at St. Rose Hospital, and a few months later, started working critical care at Mills Hospital in San Mateo. This took a toll on my marriage, as my husband did not believe a woman should work outside the home.

After taking the year off school per my husband's request, I started working on a special Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program at San Jose State. It built on the skills I already had as a nurse. A lot of communication skills were further developed, as well as public health and home health nursing skills. When my husband and I separated a few months after I started working on my BSN, I continued working, going to school, and being Mom.

Within two weeks of the separation, I decided I was going to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a doctor. I really loved medicine, and though liked being a nurse, wanted to go further. It seemed the options were more open as to how I could help people this way.

After 2 years of pre-med classes at one school, nursing classes at another, and being a full-time mom with custody of the kids (with 4 hours of sleep a night), the insanity paid off. I graduated with highest honors at San Jose State University, and got accepted to Dartmouth Medical School, a great Ivy League School in a safe location for my children.

The kids and I had quite an adventure in New Hampshire. We were all homesick but we all agree now it was a good life experience for all of us. The weather was brutally cold in the winter, though. Whenever we got a chance, we took breaks in California, where I worked at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward while the kids spent time with their dad, who still lived here in the Bay Area.

When I graduated, I chose to do my residency at the "Mecca of all Kaisers", Kaiser San Francisco. I had thought I would be a Kaiser Doctor, so this made sense. It was a truly great program for a physician wanting to practice clinical medicine.

After completing residency, I decided I really wanted to start my own practice, and practiced for 4 years in Santa Rosa. Being the first female internal medicine specialist in town was not exactly easy at first. I got very involved in activities to help patients at home. I have always felt that patients are better off at home than in a hospital if it is at all possible. They are certainly exposed to less infectious agents at home.

When I re-married, I re-located to Santa Cruz, and worked at the Santa Cruz Medical Clinic for 7 ½ years. My children were grown by this time, and off to college. As you can see in my Curriculum Vitae, I was involved in a lot of different activities, one of my favorites being the Medical Director of VNA home health in Santa Cruz. It was great! I could think like a nurse and think like a doctor. I could really help the nurses get the things they needed from the doctors so that the patients could get the great care they wanted and needed at home.

I moved back to the East Bay (Highway 680 corridor) when my husband and I separated, and became a hospitalist, a doctor that just sees patients in the hospital. I loved practicing medicine in the hospital. I still love it, and I have been doing that for the past 10 years.

But a continuing theme has seemed to emerge over the years, especially as sicker and sicker patients get medical care outside the hospital. When the patient is truly homebound, even though they may get home health to see them, visits and the care they can get is limited. A home nurse's care and a physician's care are different. They are complimentary, but different. Many times a patient is unable to get in to the office to see the doctor. The patient and/or family have little knowledge as to what the problems really are and how to handle them. The family members are busy with their own jobs and families, and may not be able to ensure the patient gets his/her medical needs met. I have decided that it is time to give patients the medical care they need at home, and the families of these patients the help they need to ensure the best medical care for their parents. That is why I decided to establish Adult Med House-Call Physicians.

Curriculum Vitae

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