Pediatrician, Surgeon, Generic Physician, Medical School

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From pediatrics and general physicians to surgeons and cardiac or neurology specialists, doctors have a tough and very important job. Most doctors work extremely long hours and double shifts, then go home and continue to worry about their patients and the laundry list of tasks ahead of them the next day. It's often difficult to encourage a doctor that is difficult to get in touch with throughout the day and is constantly working or studying to further their career. Here are a few ideas that might help to encourage and support a hard-working doctor. 

He or She Might Be Thinking About...

  • How do I pick a specialty?
  • Do I have enough training to do my job?
  • Am I ready to be responsible for someone else's life?
  • What happens if I lose a patient?
  • How do I tell a family that their loved one didn't make it out of surgery?
  • How do I forecast a patient's quality of life after a diagnosis?
  • What if I make the wrong call?
  • This job is even more stressful than I thought.
  • I don't have time to keep up my training and continued education with all of the shifts I cover.
  • What is the best way to receive the latest medical news and technology break-throughs?
  • I need to stay healthy and in shape but have no time to workout.
  • My career is taking away so much time from my friends and family.
  • I don't have time to date or be in a relationship. 
  • I feel guilty for being away from my kids.
  • Am I taking the best possible care of my patients?
  • Do I have a good bedside manner?
  • Do my patients enjoy working with me?
  • Is there anything I can be doing better?
  • What do the other doctors and nursing staff think of my work?
  • Do I have a good reputation at the hospital or treatment facility?
  • What should I be doing to become the best in my field?
  • Are the long hours and aching body really worth it?
  • Did I make the right career choice?
  • I hate having to miss birthdays and holidays.
  • How long is it going to take to pay off all of my student loans for medical school?

Words That Might Be Encouraging

  • You worked very hard to get where you are today, but the work never stops. Keep grinding, it has helped you to rise to the top of your field.
  • Your patients are lucky to have you.
  • I wish I would have had a doctor like you when I needed treatment.
  • Your compassion and commitment to your patients is inspiring.
  • Your work is making such a large, positive impact on so many people's lives. 
  • I'm so proud to have you as a friend.
  • Your work is phenomenal. I refer you to everyone I speak to looking for excellent medical care.
  • You should be extremely proud of yourself for all of the success and recognition you've worked so hard to obtain.
  • Your nurses and medical assistants are privileged to be working with such a great leader.
  • Not every day is going to be easy, but take comfort in knowing that every day is worth it.
  • Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day. Find that something.
  • As a doctor, you never stop learning, whether it be in a classroom or seminar, or real-life experiences. 

Words That Might Be Discouraging

  • I can't imagine being a doctor.
  • There is no way I could go to school for that long.
  • I bet you have a ton of student loans to pay off.
  • At least you make good money.
  • I bet you are stressed 24/7.
  • Do you ever get to spend time with your family?
  • How many patients have you lost?
  • Have you seen any weird accidents or medical conditions?
  • I love Grey's Anatomy! Is it just like the TV show?
  • What made you want to be a doctor?
  • Do you ever wish you would have chosen a different profession?
  • What does your family think of your career choice?
  • Do you have any friends outside of work?
  • I would hate having to miss my kids' school and sports functions.
  • Why did you choose your specialty?
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