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Thank you! Almost 300 of you submitted your best moment as a family physician – some as simple as they are poignant, some a lifetime in the making.
While the opportunity to submit has passed, please enjoy this random sample of best moments.
Delivering a baby for parents, both of whom I had delivered.
Hearing "My dad wouldn't be alive to see me graduate if
it weren't for you."
Marrying my patient and his partner one day before he died
of liver cancer.
Hearing, when I announced my change of practice: "Where
we going next, Doc?"
When a patient says, "You know me better than any of my
When a mother stopped me walking to lunch, knowing I'd literally
run back to treat her son's laceration.
Staying in touch with someone I delivered and seeing the
wonderful person she has become.
When the patient I diagnosed with sleep apnea could drive
again without falling asleep, and could spend time with his family.
When my bipolar patient's five-year-old hugged me around the
legs and said, "Thanks for making my mommy happy!"
Receiving this note: "I feel like I had more time with
my mom because of you."
When the daughter of a patient who had just died said "Thank
you for making it easier for all of us.”
Pronouncing death for my then-oldest patient at age 97, then
quickly running down the hallway to deliver a beautiful newborn girl.
Deploying in 2011 to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, as the
Wing Surgeon (FWD) of the 2D Marine Aircraft Wing.
When a patient with teary eyes said that a doctor is finally
listening to her.
Being in the Kahuku High School
homecoming parade honoring my 40 years as football team doctor.
When I spoke with my patient about her dementia and advance
directives, she hugged me and said "I love you! Thank you for being honest
When my patient invited me to his 90th birthday party to
introduce me to his extended family.
When my mother died, I was touched by the number of patients
that offered healing to me.
I had an end-of-life discussion with my elderly patient in
the ICU. Two hours later, I delivered his grandchild.
I wanted to end my diabetes group visits and start a new
group. They would not let me do it.
When a patient said: "Doc, I have stopped smoking not
only because you said why I had to, but how you said it and you explained what
I had to do."
I diagnosed a grandma with a severe headache with a brain aneurysm
prior to rupture and prevented a stroke. She and her entire family sent me
thank you notes.
Treating African refugees who had no hope.
When an elderly gentleman in a rural Bangladeshi village
grabs my hand and says, "Thank you, doctor!" in Bengali.
I asked why my patient lost 50 pounds. His incredulous reply:
"You told me to!"
Medevac of a laboring Mom with a prolapsed
fetal arm to Bethel, Alaska in 40-below weather. Performing a C-section
and saving two lives.
Being with her to tell Sarah it was OK for her to let go as
she took her last breath.
My overweight 6-year-old patient said at her follow-up visit,
"We all eat dinner at the table together now!"
When a recent immigrant from China stood up to her abusive
husband and escaped with her children to the shelter.
When a patient gave me a wristband with "family" inscribed