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On Being a Doctor |

A Family Affair—Revisited

Alan D. Haber, MD
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From Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA 19111.


Requests for Single Reprints: Alan D. Haber, MD, Fox Chase Cancer Center, 333 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111; e-mail, alan.haber@fccc.edu.


Ann Intern Med. 2010;152(9):612-613. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-152-9-201005040-00013
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Friday afternoon clinic was a classic rookie assignment, yet having completed my pulmonary fellowship 16 years ago I hardly felt like a newly minted physician. However, the changing winds of medical economics had shuttered the hospital where I had worked for 13 years and scattered the medical staff. I was fortunate to land at a prestigious and accommodating institution, but my former seniority carried little standing when it came to decisions of clinic space and time. My wife had hoped that someday soon I could change this assignment to be more available for family time on Friday evenings. Friday afternoon clinic did, however, provide an unexpected sense of solace. No matter how frenetic the week had been or how crowded the clinic was, the weekend's respite was within reach. Somehow this made it easier to focus on my patients' issues, along with the knowledge that it was too late to address other work-related concerns. Those would have to wait until Monday.

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