The Art of Medicine — After 20 years

I sit at my desk and allow my eyes to drift down over the list of patients I saw today, the last day on a job I have held for 20 years in a pediatric practice I helped to create. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — After 20 years: Leaving a pediatric practice — 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.

My last day

On this, my last day,
After 20 years in this practice
I saw 31 patients,
Administered 19 immunizations,
Counseled 4 distraught parents,
Reassured 17 mothers,
Praised 3 new fathers,
Called in 8 prescriptions,
Reviewed 14 laboratory studies,
Signed 9 daycare forms
And 6 school exam forms,
Completed 5 authorizations for medication,
Ran 4 rapid group A strep tests
(3 of which were positive),
Explained 25 times why I was leaving,
Ate a piece of homemade carrot cake,
Emptied out the contents of my desk,
Watered the dying peace plant,
Hauled my files, books, notepads,
Cards and gifts (2 bow ties)
Out to my car,
Slammed the tailgate shut,
Climbed into the driver’s seat,
Adjusted the belt and harness,
Inserted the key,
Hit the ignition switch,
Slipped the car in gear
And rolled across the parking lot,
Forgiving a betrayal
Without looking back.

15 November 2013

2013©Brian T. Maurer