“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV 2011).

“I didn’t say that!” I whined at my lawyer. “I didn’t question ‘why did she come to the ER’; nor did I ‘belittle her knowledge of her own illness.’” A medical board complaint had been lodged against me and the physician assistant. The patient’s written complaint detailed her brief visit with us in the ER before she was transferred to another unit. The patient had characterized my demeanor and words in an unexpectedly negative way. In my memory, the ER encounter had been so unremarkable and routine for me that I was shocked when I received the notice.

I have often asked myself if I am exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in my daily work as a physician. Do my patients see Jesus when they look at me? Certainly not always, as this patient pointed out. Continue reading

8 Reasons Why You Should Marry A Female Physician


8 Reasons Why You Should Marry A Female Physician

1. We know CPR.
2. We understand hard work.
3. We handle stress well and multi-task like pros.
4. We are financially viable
5. We are smart.
6. We have good personalities.
7. We tend to be low maintenance.
8. We have a unique perspective on life.


Cake Pops

Dessert Haiku

What blessing to me

To make other folks happy




I learned something about myself even at this age: I love making people happy with food. I have made goodies for my staff – cake pops, candied pretzel sticks, pumpkin spice muffins, pistachio green fluff dessert – and, the happiness I feel seeing and hearing the oohs and aahs coming from them is so wonderful.

I have been serving patients my entire career as their physician. But, making delicious and fun goodies for my staff is another skill which I’ve gained recently. Indeed, it is a pleasure.