The satisfaction of teaching someone about medicine is nearly indescribable. With a little time and a lot of patience, you can help a student/resident/junior doctor acquire knowledge and gain skills that may help hundreds or even thousands of patients for years to come.
Each day I come home, I often judge myself based on the quantity of time I spent teaching. Recently, I had an amazing day comprised of:
-Completing Grand Rounds in the morning
-Giving a lecture at the lunch conference
-Conducting a little bedside teaching after lunch
-Sitting with a resident and her asthmatic patient for 60 minutes as we discussed the pathophysiology of the disease and as we watched our interventions improve her breathing.
Other days are not so fruitful, but I’ll keep trying.