It’s the perfect time to reflect on what it means to me to be a pediatrician in this field for the past 40 years, providing medical care to newborns, infants, children, adolescents and young adults. There are unique challenges and rewards that come with a career in pediatrics.
Change in medicine and life is constant and each generation has to face its own challenges. Over the course of 40 years of my pediatric practice, most of the challenges to improving pediatric care have been the ever-changing, dynamic field of childhood immunizations that have nearly eliminated many serious childhood infections and related hospitalizations. Significant technological and pharmaceutical advances have been made to provide better care for children with chronic medical conditions, including the care of low birth weight babies, asthma, diabetes, lower respiratory tract viral infections and many more. Pediatricians are working hard to master the ever-changing technology without losing the human touch.
I am grateful to the families for entrusting me with the health, well-being and comfort of their children for all these years. They have allowed me to celebrate their growth, achieve milestones, return to health after illness and share in their joys. I am impressed by the friendliness of the families I have encountered.
I had a personally satisfying and professionally rewarding solo practice of pediatrics and adolescents for about 37 years before joining Geisinger Pediatrics in Lock Haven about three years ago. I have been fortunate to have built many wonderful relationships with my colleagues and the families of my patients. I have had the privilege of working with an excellent team of clinicians and support staff at the local hospital and clinics.
Retiring at this stage was not an easy decision for me, but I know it is the right decision at the right time. I must give something back to my wife and our adult children and grandchildren for the unforeseen sacrifices they have made.
I have always provided evidence-based, patient-centered, family-centered, culturally sensitive, high-quality care. The field of pediatrics will always remain wide open to vast possibilities and great potential in our area. Our primary focus is the care of our patients. After all, that’s why we started studying medicine in the first place. I’m sure the legacy will live on.
If I had to do it all over again, I’d end up here in this children’s ward. There is nothing else I would rather do. There is no better job in the world.
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