Elisa Giusto, DO
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a Family Medicine resident at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown and am originally from Mountain Top. I majored in Biology and minored in Entrepreneurship at The University of Scranton and completed my D.O. degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am a life-long Girl Scout and enjoy Italian cuisine, traveling, and football.
When and how did you decide to practice medicine?
The only physician I really knew growing up was my pediatrician and I was disappointed that I could not continue to see her into adulthood. I transferred my care to a family medicine physician and realized that it would have been more efficient to see him my whole life and avoid interruption in my health care. My varied interests in health policy, sports medicine, and global health also fit well into the family medicine field allowing me to pursue all three at the same time.
How did you come to choose family medicine as a specialty?
Besides the above reasons, I felt my personality fit in well with family physicians in providing care to all patients despite their age, gender, or medical conditions. I attended the 2015 AAFP Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO which solidified my decision after meeting family physicians from around the country who shared similar goals.
is your favorite part about practicing family medicine?
With my interest in health policy, I enjoy being able to advocate for all patients in varied health-related topics such as air ambulance regulation, confidentiality from explanation of benefits, and opioid medication-assisted treatment for inmates. Since my patient panel has no limit or exclusions, I am able to not only purse any and every health-related topic but also continuously quench my medical curiosity.
is the biggest challenge facing family medicine today?
The biggest challenge is balancing the patient's requests, insurance company constraints, and employer demands. Keeping your intentions good and focusing on the positive impact you can make can help overcome this challenge.
encouragement would you give medical students to choose family medicine?
I would encourage medical students to pursue a specialty where they not only feel most comfortable but also find purpose. Family Medicine can offer that for many given the variety of health-related topics that the specialty offers. Life-long care provided to patients also helps to solidify close relationships that is invaluable and not seen in other fields.