we make a resolution to do something a little better than the year before and
to make good on that promise is always a challenge. Sometimes it is that we set
unrealistic goals and for others of us it is that we do not know what goals to
set. Most years I profess to hug my children a little tighter (although not
possible unless I want to be investigated by child welfare), love my husband a
little deeper (something I always can do), and be the best person I can be to
those whose lives I touch.
my promise is shaped by watching two of our brightest family medicine residents
battle cancer. These two women are truly amazing and by the very strength that
they have shown in fighting their illnesses, I have learned that every day is a
new day and each day we are invited to appreciate the gifts we have before us. Their
voices as patients have forced me to listen in new and important ways.
With regard to my collaborative
care resolution, I know that I can do several things better so here is one
promise among many. I believe that if you can co-create a model of
collaboration that the system endorses as a good idea, that you will find the
path to implementation may have obstacles but not impasses. The one place where
I am weakest is bringing in the voice of the patient into the models we create.
Therefore, this year I will work ardently on doing just that and hopefully
bringing awareness that this is not a healthcare system providing a service but
a system with healthcare services. Patients are a part of the system and not
just recipients of it.
So now I challenge you. What is
your New Years collaborative care resolution?