What do I want in a doctor? Perhaps more than anything else—a friend with special knowledge. If you had never dived and I were with you, it would be my purpose to instruct you in the depths and dangers, of the pleasant and the malign. I guess I mean the same thing somewhat. We are so made that rascally, unsubtle flares may cause a meaningless panic whereas a secret treason may be nibbling away, unannounced or even pleasant as in the rapture of the deep.

Part of an excellent letter written by John Steinbeck, in reply to the question “Any other data you think may be of importance?” on his new doctor’s medical-history form.

Read the rest of this letter at Letters of Note: What do I want in a doctor?

(via cranquis)

(via cranquis)

When you were one day old, the intercom called “any doctor to room x stat”. Since I was the closest I rushed to the room and helped deliver the baby. The nurses recognized me, but I wasn’t in any scrubs or anything and I was also wearing a patient bracelet. I could have been just a psychiatric patient to the patient.
Dad (Ob/Gyne)

The way I see it, the standards and recommendations of practice change from year to year, decade to decade. What does not change is the art of medicine, the ability to build a relationship with your patients.

If you can take away that from your training, you will do fine. The rest you can look up and read.

A resident giving her perspective on what we should emphasize in our clerkship. (via medicalstate)
The scariest thing was that I thought he was stronger than all of us. But maybe it’s not about being the best. Maybe it’s about finding the little things that get you through the day. Whether it’s the support of someone close to you…or letting yourself feel overwhelmed… Or being selfless every once in a while. I guess, in the end, it’s about surviving …any way you can.

I remember one of the first students I was training here. He was a journalist. Was a journalist for nearly thirty years. He well could have been my father at his age!

But he was still learning.

This is a profession where even the old dogs learn new tricks, where the learning does not stop until the day you stop working.

A physician recounts a revelation about continuing education. (via medicalstate)
Hands are marvelous things. We can use our hands to administer care. For example, you put your hand on the affected area and rub gently to ease pain.
God hand Teru
To treat people suffering from serious illnesses at Caduceus, and make them smile again…that’s my personal idea of success.
Trauma Centre- Under the knife 2
A lesson without pain is meaningless. For you cannot gain something without sacrificing something else in return. But once you have overcome it and made it your own…You will gain an irreplaceable fullmetal heart.
Fullmetal Alchemist
To have a successful job you have to balance between your work and your family, volunteer and play time. When you work you work. When you play you play. And when I feel like playing I want to be able to give back to the community and be around people who share the same thoughts.
Dad (GP in Canada)
Don’t work hard for your [parents]’ sake… Do it because you’ll learn more and become a better person. Don’t let other people decide whether or not you’re happy. Find things you enjoy and do them. It might not make you popular, but you’ll like yourself a lot more.
Trauma Centre- Second Opinion