Creating a positive healthcare experience for a child, making them laugh, helping families feel comforted and capable, or sharing a laugh with colleagues, and coming home to my family.
Making a patient feel seen and heard, making someone laugh (myself, my patient, my coworker), breaking a rule or two to support a vulnerable patient.
Being able to make my patients and their families feel cared for and connecting patients to the resources they need.
Moments of meaningful connections with patients. Finding ways to subvert systems of inequality to better empower patients and to build trust.
A number of things: sharing good news with a patient, learning who they are outside of the hospital (family, occupation, hometown), plugging someone with unmet medical need into the health care system, fascinating cases, lunch with the team outside
A great day in medicine is when I can share a boisterous knee-slapping laugh with patients that leave people outside our room confused.
Feeling like you made a difference
Being a part of both the "small" and "big" moments of patients' lives. Listening to patients discuss topics ranging jello flavors to complex treatment plans all in one morning is a real privilege!
Partnering with my patients to find a way to make a positive impact in their lives, whether that be through conversations, advocacy, or connection to resources.
Getting to hear stories about your patients, being able to do small but meaningful things for them, enjoying some outdoor sunshine with your residents in the afternoon, and running into your classmates during lunchtime.
Witnessing people in my community who are thriving and finding joy.
Bringing smiles to patients, their families, and other members of the healthcare team.
I love talking to patients in Spanish and seeing them smile! I love catering to patient's needs in creative ways -- making health care more accessible to them -- and seeing their face of relief and gratitude.
Being able to connect with my patients and their families; having empowered them through their care; and doing my best at advocating for and providing the best care for them.
Building meaningful relationships with patients, colleagues, and communities.
Moments where I get to serve as a conduit for love toward patients and the whole healthcare team on an interpersonal, institutional, or structural level
It has been an absolute blessing to have this opportunity to learn from my patients and their families and to hear about their life stories. I love working with patients and interdisciplinary teams to ultimately figure out what works best for patients in the context of their environments
Sharing smiles and laughter on discharge days, street medicine clinic and getting patients the care they need where they need it, running into friends at the hospital, and abundant supplies of coffee and snacks.
Any positive change you can bring to a patient's life and the look of relief when a patient trusts you to care for them.
Sharing a laugh with a patient and their parents, earning a kiddo's trust, learning from my colleagues and mentors
Connecting with my patients and having the privilege of hearing their stories. A great day is when my patients feel care for and safe within the medical system and know that I am their advocate.
In the middle of a busy ED, finding some way to bring smiles and laughter to our patients.
Being able to form a meaningful connection with a patient and empowering them to take charge of their healthcare.
Getting to know and caring for my patients and their loved ones, learning from and working with my wonderful IM team members!
No matter how hard the day had been up until then, hearing from a patient that you made a difference in their lives always energizes me and puts a big smile on my face.
Building a meaningful connection with a patient, making them smile, making them feel seen and heard, and learning from them. Every day, every step of the way.