Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
In Reply: As a resident, Dr Bingley experienced
what our department chairman, Dr David Hellmann, refers to as a “eureka
moment,”1 when he was the only person
on Earth who knew what was going on with his patient. Such moments only occur
when a physician is deeply involved with his or her patient, whether that
results from examining the patient’s blood smear or from spending time
at the bedside getting to know the patient’s “story.” As
a residency program director, I consider it my job to make sure that young
physicians have as much opportunity to experience these moments—and
to savor them—as Dr Bingley had when he was a house officer. I will
also make sure that they, and the man I described, know how special our patients
are to us even decades later.
Ziegelstein RC. Fascinating Rhythm—Reply. JAMA. 2004;292(23):2836. doi:10.1001/jama.292.23.2836-b