Simply becoming a physician implies vocation. One dedicates more than twelve years of higher education to become a doctor so that they can care for others. The becoming is learning so much: science and Latin and the language of medicine. It is anatomy and physiology and disease and pharmacology. For family medicine it is a great deal of psychology and family systems. And especially, it is a type of detective work, medical forensics: what a patient says or fails to say that leads you to a differential and hopefully a clearly defined final diagnosis. I have always believed that patients truly know exactly what is wrong, it is just my job to ask the right questions, listen to their answers, examine their body and compile the data. I am an interpreter. Those are my skills and talents.
My first job was at 14. I worked at Chick-Fil-A in the mall. I recently learned that Chick-Fil-A’s corporate motto is “To glorify God by being faithful stewards of all that is entrusted to us and to have a positive influence on all that come in contact with us.” I suppose something of that early experience has stayed with me through life for it is my philosophy as a doctor and the heart of how I practice medicine and run my business.
I am a steward, a guide, and I hope that my talents serve the people who have entrusted me with their care. My service to them is what matters. Helping them find their better and best selves; helping them overcome the tribulations of being sick and reconciling with illness, disease, aging and loss. Sometimes, it is also bearing witness to their acceptance of how their life has changed and how they must adapt. And also, to help people who resist or deny the truth or their illness (if they can be helped).
I am grateful for the trust that so many have placed in me. I am thankful for the chance to use my talents to serve others. I am humbled by it every single day. I feel blessed.