Friday, December 31, 2010

The next moment

Looking in amazement at scores of New Year's resolutions, I realize that each moment of life is a chance to resolve to do better. Why do we wait until the calender rolls over to a new year? Why not constantly resolve to be kinder, fitter, smarter on a moment by moment basis?

With that in mind, I am going to be blogging from a new place in 2011. I am no longer "the local MD." I am a hospitalist. For the most part, I take care of those patients who have no physician. These patients have fallen through the cracks, usually of society first and the health care system second. Many are homeless, several are addicted to one substance or another, some are in this country illegally.

So, a new blog, possibly a new address, and yes, it is about to be a new year but where medicine, and life really, are concerned, I believe the goal is always the same: To do better. I tell my residents it is why we call it "practicing medicine." We may be perfect for a moment but in the next there is a new problem and a new challenge.

To the challenge of 01/01/11 00:01.
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