What Inspires Doctors?

Robin Williams as Patch Adams

Many perseverate on why they chose medicine, but I can’t seem to find much commentary on why doctors continually choose Medicine.   One of my most influential mentors once said that the connections we make with patients keep us going, and I couldn’t agree more.  In other words, the academics that we spend decades laboring over sets forth a plan for the patient in the first 5 minutes.  So what happens next?  Well then patient care actually begins. I feel fortunate every day that my practice has this longitudinal care built in.   What keeps you engaged?