I asked the group above to be in my National Physicians Week, National Doctors Day photo, because I believe doctors exist to help human beings produce health, which helps them and us, change the world, or as I like to say, help the ðŸŒŽ learn to â¤ï¸ better.
This week, I also learned that fellow family physician Ken Berry, MD (@KenDBerryMD) lost his clinic in a fire. Lives were not lost, livelihoods are at risk.
This is a photo of the day I met Ken, in July, 2018, standing with fellow family medicine specialists. Ken was giving a talk at a conference on the physicians throughout history who were persecuted for their beliefs, and later turned out to be right. Within a few minutes of meeting him, he told me he was ready to be the next one.
One thing all family medicine specialists have in common are the values of our ancestors, who created our specialty 50 years ago, both as a reaction to the medical profession’s paternalism, and as a buffer, to change the profession to be more person centered, in a humble, loving, yet competent and well-trained way.
In other words, we came to medicine not just to heal, lead and partner, to also change the ðŸŒŽ. Because of who we are and why we came to medicine, we will always be drawn to the humans who share this drive with us.
Happy National Physicians Week and thank you for your support.