Saturday, April 5, 2008

It's not easy being green

I'm almost five years into my practice. I feel like I'm a better doctor than I was five years ago. I hope to be better still in five years, but I suspect the learning curve won't be as steep.

When I started practicing, I thought a lot about being a new doc. I told myself that I would have no problem with a family member seeing a fresh-from-training doctor. I told myself it was okay that I was learning how to be a doctor on real people; it's how we all learn to do it.

Now that I'm five years out, I think I feel differently. If my sister wanted to take her healthy child to a new doc for checkups, so be it. But if I had a sick or aging family member that started with a green PCP, I might speak up.

Enter Henry's oncologist. I don't remember if it was the first or second time we met him that I asked how long he'd been practicing. This was October, and his fellowship had ended just a few months prior. He was as green as green got.

But, from the first time we met him immediately trusted him. And I've never regretted working with him as Henry's attending oncologist.

Which makes me hope, that even being green, some of my patients felt the same way about me.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

we are the first of our kind for any doc and especially our youngish doc -- but just have a good feeling and so far so good 1.5years in.

Anonymous said...

I must have very proud parents. They raised a winner (and so will you).

Anonymous said...

ofcourse I meant HIS parents!

JeanMac said...

I have always preferred a new doc - feel he/she is "up on the latest".
Think of you daily and your courage and humor.