Dr. Haley encourages physicians to remember that time spent with loved ones – and taking care of one’s self – is as important as time spent with patients. He also promotes that viewing yourself as a mentor or a mentee helps ensure a career of perpetual learning.
For emergency physicians, that philosophy also means looking at each shift as a chance to see what makes the specialty gratifying professionally and personally. Even holiday shifts.
“I always looked at working on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s as something that we do,” Dr. Haley said. “It’s special. We have the ability to take care of somebody on Christmas Day when they’re not feeling well or a holiday where they’re not great. That makes us unique.”
Richard Quinn is a freelance writer from New Jersey.