Doctors’ Day celebrates inspired care | Corewell Health
National Doctor’s Day 30/3 is to honor heroes with meritorious services to the medical career.
Doctors share their time and talents with patients on a daily basis, making a life-saving impact.
A small number of Corewell Health physicians were asked what inspired them to practice medicine.
Laurie Seaver, MDa medical geneticist at Corwell Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, credits a high school teacher.
“My high school biology teacher encouraged me to pursue the science and pre-medical program and I never looked back,” she said. “I went to the same college as her (I think she planned it!) and she attended my medical school graduation/acceptance.”
Kania McGhee, MDMedical Director for Obstetrics Safety & Quality, Internal Medicine, says she has always wanted to work with newborns.
“Even though I was the first doctor in my family, I always knew I wanted to be a pediatrician,” she said. “My passion for helping patients during the hardest and happiest moments of their lives is what keeps me focused on my goal of becoming a doctor.”
It seems like every doctor has their point, and many carry personal connotations.
Matthew Sims, Medical Doctor, DrCorewell Health’s director of Infectious Diseases Research at Beaumont Health, said he grew up around doctors and always wanted to be himself.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor but honestly, I don’t know what it really means to be a doctor,” he said. “When I was in my third year of medical school and started helping with patient care, I really realized this was what I wanted to do.”
Genus BraunreiterMDa pediatric hematologist at Corewell Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, says a lifelong commitment to children played a part in her choice of career.
“I became a pediatrician so I could help children reach their greatest potential,” she says. “Children have too little control over their environment, the people who come in and out of their lives, or the social structures they live in or will one day inherit.”
Range Ismael Gonzalez, MDPediatric cardiology at Corewell Health’s Beaumont Health, says for him, it’s all about the community.
“Making a difference in the community by solving their problems in a scientific and personal way means a lot to me,” he said. “From an early age, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. The combination of science and the ability to care for and teach others attracted me to this field.”
What sticks with the doctor
The patient is at the heart of all Corewell Health team members…especially physicians and clinicians.
A few examples are shared of a time a patient said or did something that stuck them.
Dr. Brauneiter said it was difficult to pinpoint a specific comment.
“What strikes me the most is when patients talk about their future,” she says. “It could be about their school, their profession, the upcoming sibling, summer plans or the upcoming prom. These discussions make me feel that they are looking ahead. The fact that they wanted to share those visions with me just warmed my heart.”
Kate FosterDOSometimes the simple things stick with her, says a Corewell Health pediatric dermatologist.
“I miss all the hugs, high fives and handshakes I get from my patients,” she says. “That always makes my day!”
Ask Corewell Health doctors what resilience looks like, and you’ll hear plenty of inspirational thoughts.
Dr. Foster said she sees it every day in the patients she cares for.
“It’s in the kids we care for,” she said. “They are an inspiration that helps me find joy and laughter even in the most difficult times.”
Dr Seaver said resilience is being optimistic, flexible, and willing to change or pivot even if it’s not your first choice.
Jaime L TaylorDONancy Rambeau Hough, Emeritus Chair of Adolescent Health, and Director, Adolescent Medicine, Beaumont Children’s Hospital of Corewell Health, says the meaning of resilience has changed over the past few years. via.
“For me, the meaning of resilience has shifted from being able to bounce back quickly and pick up where I left off to being resilient, persevering and overcoming the unpredictable,” she said. and no plan.
And finally, Dr. Braunreiter says it comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s all within each of us.
“Resilience is when patients, parents, guardians, family members and healthcare providers work together as a team despite the many challenges they all face. ,” she said.