I recently lost one of my best friends to cancer. I am overwhelmed with the amount of sadness I feel...nothing really prepares you for this. My friends are helping to ease the pain. You could argue that maybe this is because my partners in the practice (who are also my friends), are going through the same grief, and therefore we are commiserating with each other. But, my non-physician friends do just as great of a job in helping me to feel both physically and emotionally better, even without having that personal connection to my friend who passed away.
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“Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is love of humanity” ~Hippocrates
When I joined this practice 18 years ago, I was fresh out of residency at Arnold Palmer Hospital and ready to use all of the medical knowledge I had learned over four grueling, sleepless years. I felt confident with my surgical skills, and felt that I could handle just about any obstetric emergency that came my way, diagnose any female-type rash or infection, and help women navigate the twisty turns of menopause. Dr. Marnique Jones and I came through the four years of residency together, and were fresh, 30 year old doctors eager to join this practice that Drs Diebel and Lazar had founded many years before. We were both busy from the start, and rapidly gained a large group of patients who would follow us both for many years to come.
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