Ever consider practicing medicine YOUR way, instead of the institutional way?*
When my father completed his residency in 1979 he did a really unusual thing.
Instead of taking a job at the hospital where he completed his residency, or a similar job, he decided to set up his own rural family medicine clinic.
photo is unusual for several reasons.
1. Believe it or not, this is a dedication not a funeral. This was Pastor Beveridge, leading a prayer of blessing for dad's business. It was obviously a very powerful prayer.
2. Despite this, there is a very irreverent child on a tricycle, completely oblivious to the occasion.
3. My childhood memories always have me playing the role of submissive kid, who never ever engaged in the kinds of disrespectful displays of disobedience that are completely acceptable in modern society. However this photo is proof that my memories betray me, and that I was out totting around on my tricycle instead of helping out in the prayer circle.
4. This is proof my parents really did cut me some slack.
My encouragement for you is that there really are ways, even today, of practicing medicine your way. There are ways to create ethical margin while actually going deeper with your patients, without having to tick electronic boxes all the time.
*Don't take my word for it - join others who choose to #PracticeByDesign
. (You don't have to do anything weird to your basement either.)
PS - Next Thursday I will have more vintage photos that show how you, too, can convert your basement into a waiting room.#MD #DO #medical #doctor #time #margin #MDtime #MDmargin