Don Flemmings epitomizes positivity and team spirit. His team is a family, and their bond is strong, a boon to both one another and their patients. Here, Flemmings explains how his loyalty brought him to the George Washington University (GW) Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), the ways in which that decision paid off, and his passion for teamwork (and football).
Q. What is your role at GW, and what does it entail?
Flemmings: I am a clinical supervisor and lead medical assistant in the Division of Otolaryngology [at the GW MFA].
Q. How did you get started at GW?
Flemmings: Prior to joining the team at GW, I was working at a private practice otolaryngology office. When several of our physicians decided to join the team here, I accompanied them so we could continue to take care of patients together. It was a great decision.
Q. What accomplishments here are you particularly proud of?
Flemmings: The accomplishment I’m most proud of is fostering a true team approach here within our division. Our clinical team members (and all of the staff, truly) are like one big family, and to see how we come together every day to take care of patients makes me most proud. We may disagree with one another, or we may have bad days, but we are always there for one another no matter what. This bond allows us to provide exceptional care to those who need it.
Q. What lessons have you learned while working here?
Flemmings: Working at the MFA has taught me to always have a plan B! Sometimes things don’t go according to plan, and that’s okay. With the support of your providers and your teammates, you can always still get the job done.
Q. What excites or inspires you the most about your job?
Flemmings: I’m inspired to come to work every day by my wonderful coworkers, our patients, and my passion for ENT [ear, nose, and throat].
Q. Any final thoughts?
Flemmings: Go Panthers!