Practice of medicine: Six things to remember in your practice in 2019

Something at home affecting us at work, or vice versa.

Something that didn’t belong.

In those three words, an entire story is told.

We embark this month on a new year,

Here are a few:

  1. Remember the basics of your task.
  2. Don’t skip the first step.
  3. It’s okay to write yourself reminders (although I might suggest using the memo function on your smartphone rather than the Sharpie pen technique favored by my children).

I thought about how we might use this humble sentence as physicians. Here is what I came up with:

1. Remember the patient

2. Remember yourself


3. Remember the prior authorization

4. Remember the profession

5. Remember the art

6. Remember the mystery

In summary,

What’s your best advice or story from your practice? Remember the __________. How would you complete the sentence? Respond in the comments section. Can’t wait to learn from you!



Physician/writer. Essayist, published in NEJM, JAMA, JAMA Oncology, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and The ASCO Post. Doximity Op-Med Fellow.

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