It may be a cliché that people pursue a career in medicine because they want to help people. But it’s a cliché for a good reason. Most of us have done exactly that.
For most of us that desire extends beyond the confines of our professional endeavors. Wanting to help people and be of service doesn’t stop with our patients.
When I began working with Docs Who Care in 2005 I knew that my medical career was one of my top priorities, but I also knew that it wasn’t my only priority. Early in my tenure with Docs Who Care I realized one of the great benefits was that I could more easily devote time and energy to multiple areas of my life that I wanted to prioritize.
One of those areas for me is my family. I could still be a good husband and father if I was in a traditional practice setting. But I’ve found the ability to maintain flexibility through my Docs Who Care schedule has allowed me to be even more present on a regular basis in service to the people I love most.
I’ve also felt a strong pull to be of service outside my family and practice settings. Working with Docs Who Care, and having the flexibility it offers, has allowed me to pursue many other service opportunities. For the past decade I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of Camp Hope, a summer camp for children who have or have had cancer.
Not only have I been able to attend the camp for one week each summer without using limited vacation time, but I’ve also been able to become involved in a leadership role in which I can devote time weekly to this cause.
That involves planning camp, but it has also evolved in recent years to helping start and subsequently operate a non-profit. That organization not only sponsors camp, but also provides extended services to families affected by childhood cancer.
Beyond the day-to-day life with my family and my time with Camp Hope, my Docs Who Care schedule has allowed me to be able to provide service as worthy needs have arisen. Whether that’s volunteering at school functions, going on a medical mission trip, or coaching my children’s sports teams, I have the flexibility to be able to serve in a multitude of ways.
Providing service was a key principle in the founding of Docs Who Care. And it continues to be at the heart of what we do and who we are. Not only are we in service to the communities and facilities with whom we partner, but also the structure of our work provides great opportunities to continue our service beyond the professional setting.
For those of us who first pursued medicine because we wanted to help people, it’s comforting to know that Docs Who Care models and fosters that cliché, or rather that ideal, to its core.
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