Finding the MacGyver moments inside clinical health care, Day One.
14 years ago this September, I experienced my first day working in clinical healthcare.
My second day at the practice, I encountered a high school student trying to get pregnant after a miscarriage and a newly diagnosed stage IV cancer patient rejoicing through her faith that this was the moment God planned to call her home.
To say I was in the express lane for education on “meeting a patient where they are” and helping them set and achieve their own goals vs. those of society or a textbook recommendation, would be an understatement. That abrupt lesson carved my path forward, though, and I left with an acute awareness of the capabilities of meaningful clinical encounters.
Every single day in health care left behind a scar of solvable need.