Denver, Colorado (CNN) - Her bedside manner is comforting, the questions to the point.
"Is the pain about the same?" asks Dr. Taghrid Altoos.
"Yeah. Yup. Still right on the side, and it's getting a little better every day," a patient says.
Dr. Altoos is a first-year resident at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital, learning her craft at a time politicians in Washington debate major changes to America's health care system.
"I actually don't think about it too much," she told us during a recent visit to the Denver hospital. "I know it will probably affect the specialists more so than the primary-care physicians. So it would probably affect me as a radiation oncologist more so than a lot of the primary- care physicians."