Al Sacchetti, MD, FACEP, has spent 35 years working in emergency departments, and in all that time, he doesn’t think he’s met a doctor or a nurse without a sense of humor. He will share his insights at the James D. Mills Jr. Memorial Lecture at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. In the session, “Lessons My Patients Have Taught Me: Humor, Humility, and Humanity Learned at the Bedside,” Dr. Sacchetti hopes to show how physicians need to tailor their approach to the patient and not just take a uniform tack with everyone. But most of all, Dr. Sacchetti will tell the story of an emergency physician thrilled with the career choice he made.
“It’s very clear that this is the only specialty where you can see every aspect of human life, and you can do it in a 12-hour shift,” he said. “There is no other area of medicine where you can see everything from a newborn to a centenarian … you get to see stuff that no other specialty gets to experience. And you do it pretty much on a daily basis.”
RICHARD QUINN is a freelance writer in New Jersey.