Must have been something about the way I tried them on for size. Walking up and down the narrow aisles of the New York City shoe store (this was before online free returns and free shipping options), seeing how much mileage I might get out of a pair of Dansko clogs or similar brand of comfortable, sensible, stylish footwear. Black, size 7.5 (that was before my feet grew to a size 8, which can happen when you have kids). This was way back, when I was a tired medical student."Oh yes, many waitresses love these shoes,"
coaxed the shoe salesperson, hoping to gain a customer."And some doctors do too. I'll take them,"
said I with an inner confidence and outward chuckle. About to graduate medical school and begin a residency in pediatrics, I needed shoes that could carry me from early morning prerounds, marathon morning rounds, running around healthy children in clinic, and long nights of call. Standing; duty hour rules notwithstanding.
As I reflected, I saw that physicians are indeed like waiters and waitresses, in some ways... serving patients in times of need and
in times of wellness. Some doctors, like waitstaff, take shifts (long ones, on our feet, and simply on
). Many will see you whether or not you have made a reservation. We both aim to serve you professionally. Safely, accurately, and with sensitivity. There is even an element of continuity, if you frequent the same place over time.
But we pediatricians (having gone through many long years training) go even further, motivating you to make the healthiest