A day in the life of a Doctor
Every 7 to 10 years, family physicians in the United States need to take a re-certification exam in order to maintain their certification status with the American Board of Family Medicine. I am currently preparing for the board re-certification by taking a review course created by the American Academy of Family Medicine.
This course has rejuvenated my spirit for learning. I am learning new things each and every day. Despite practicing family medicine for 25 years, there is always something new to learn.
What I have found extremely powerful is taking this new found knowledge and applying it to patient care the very same day I learned the new material. What a wonderful experience. Learn and do.
Furthermore I then teach my patients and my colleagues what I have learned. Learn, do, and teach.
This is a magic formula. This formula was taught to all medical residents during their training. It was used for learning a new procedure. Watch one, do one, and teach one. When you learn, do, and teach it cements the new information in your brain and you never forget it.
This can be applied to every day life. Go out and learn something new, apply it to your life, and teach it to someone. You will grow as a person and you will expand your relationships with those around you.
I have found doing this each day now has rejuvenated my joy for medicine and has improved the quality of care I deliver to my patients. Life is about learning each and every day.
Go out and learn, do, and teach today and you will be amazed how the quality of your life will change.