Just one word
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Are you considering just
going into primary care? I recommend it (the field) highly, but just not that phraseology.
It typically comes up in a seemingly well-meaning way, such as, "well, I have lots of interests... I love caring for children... not sure which fellowship I might do if any... maybe I'll just
go into outpatient pediatrics."
Or, "I might just
do primary care for a while until I figure out what else to do."
Or, perhaps it isn't solely a primary care thing, it might also be a pre-fellowship thing, as in, "I might just
be a hospitalist and then decide whether or not to apply for a fellowship."
Admittedly, it's just
one small word. But given how critical these workforce
matters are, and given the tremendously beneficial impact you can have on the lives of patients and their families by choosing these career paths and giving it your all, try to reserve the word "just" for times when you are using it to mean... social justice
Just a tip.
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.