Meet Dr. Valerie Soued: Doctor, Oak Lane
Hi, Dr. Valerie! You are a physician at CityLife Oak Lane. What does a typical day look like for you?
We have a great team here at Oak Lane. We all love Dunkin, so usually one of us stops for coffee and that’s how we start our day. First thing we do when we get to the clinic is go over our scheduled patients and do our best to anticipate their needs and potential barriers to care. We have created a clinic flow that allows us to accommodate walk-ins and urgent care visits. I like our model because we are increasing access to care and reconnecting members to preventative health services and primary care.
The rest of my day is filled with patient care intermixed with care coordination and quality improvement projects.
What made you decide to become a doctor?
People. I enjoy working with people and have always been interested in health sciences. So medicine, and specifically family medicine, felt like a perfect fit for me.
Where did you go to medical school?
I trained at Temple School of Medicine here in Philadelphia and did my Family Medicine residency at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.
How long have you worked for CityLife?
I started working with CityLife this past July 17th.
What can patients expect when they see you?
They can expect transparent, available and good medical care. I truly care about my patient’s wellbeing and I am dedicated to making sure their health needs are met.
Is there anything different about City Life compared to standard health clinics or standard doctors’ offices?
Our approach at Citylife is different from other practices in the way we build a relationship with our members. We want to get to know them, who they are, and what their goals are, and we use this information to create a care plan that is tailored to each member.
You’ve only been here a few months, but what have you enjoyed most about CityLife so far?
I truly enjoy collaborating with my team at Oak Lane and the teams at our other clinics to enhance our members’ experience while at the same time improving their health outcomes and helping them achieve their personal goals.
What is one thing you wish everyone knew about CityLife?
I want them to know that we are here to help!
What is something you want everyone to know about you?
That I enjoy my job and I truly respect and value the opportunity to care for others.
Have you had a rewarding day or moment at CityLife so far that will remain in your memory for a long time?
Knowing that I am giving my best and practicing good medicine is very rewarding. Seeing a patient come back for a follow-up and say, “Wow, thank you, I feel better!” is priceless.