I started my pediatrics rotation today. My orientation began with a great quote from Osler:
The practice of medicine is an art, not a trade; a calling, not a business; a calling in which your heart will be exercised equally with your head.
Indeed. And my first two weeks of the rotation will be spent on the wards of one of the largest referral centers in the world, which means I'll be seeing a lot of very, very sick kids. My preceptor, Dr. Imphi, said it is pretty tough, and tougher on people who have kids themselves. I guess it's a good thing I don't. She also said "if it ever gets to be too much, give me a call and we'll go out for lunch. We don't want you to lose that concern, that care. It hurts sometimes, and that's a good thing." I think she's going to be great.