The Joy of Family Practice

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms from those who work with joy.

Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

The rewards in family medicine come largely from knowing patients intimately over time and sharing their trust, respect, and friendship. The thrill is the close bond (friendship) that develops with patients. This bond is strengthened with each physical or emotional crisis in a person's life, when he or she turns to the family physician for help. It is a pleasure going to the office every day and a privilege to work closely with people who value and respect our efforts.

The practice of family medicine involves the joy of greeting old friends in every examining room, and the variety of problems encountered keeps the physician professionally stimulated and perpetually challenged. In contrast, physicians practicing in narrow specialties often lose their enthusiasm for medicine after seeing the same problems every day. The variety in family practice sustains the excitement and precludes boredom. Our greatest days in practice are when we are fully focused on our patients, enjoying to the fullest the experience of working with others.

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