When the art of medicine becomes business as usual

It’s Saturday morning, the last day of my 6-day workweek. Twelve hours have elapsed since I finished my previous shift at the after-hours care center. I step in through the front door, valise in hand, to find my assistant seated behind the reception desk. “How does it look?” I ask him.

“Ten appointments so far,” he says, “last one at 10:30 a.m.”

I do a quick mental calculation — roughly 9 minutes allotted for each patient. And there’s no telling how many additional walk-ins might show up over the course of the morning. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — When the art of medicine becomes business as usual — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

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One comment on “When the art of medicine becomes business as usual

  1. djelpern says:

    The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling not a business. You are an artist working in the factory. Before enlightenment, chop wood — carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood — carry water. A difficult, but necessary, koan.

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