Like any new physician, when I first became an Internal Medicine specialist about 20 years ago, I sometimes experienced mixed emotions. My enthusiasm for taking care of patients with complex medical problems was tempered by apprehension. Had I made the right diagnosis? Had I prescribed the right drugs? What about side effects, either from the treatment I advised or the drugs I prescribed?
Such concerns are normal for any physician embarking on a new career. But with the support of colleagues and the encouragement of my many wonderful and loyal patients, these concerns seemed to fade over time.
Palliative care is specialized medical care given to relieve pain and distress in patients with serious illnesses. Massey’s Dr. Egidio Del Fabbro shared his journey studying and working in palliative care with the Richmond Times-Dispatch – bit.ly/2hwNQ2K