Wow, The Doctors Are Young These Days. What Do I Do Now?

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With Tom DeNucci at Book Launch

With Tom DeNucci at Book Launch

I visited the podiatrist and, as with all first visits, I had to fill in the questionnaire. When it came to occupation, I paused. “What do I answer?”

Sure, I retired from the practice of medicine some years ago, but I was still working in a number of things… consulting, facilitator, lecturing, start up company and ‘not for profit’ boards.
But what I do most is write… for my next book, for my blog, magazines and for pleasure.

So in the blank for occupation, I wrote Author. Why not? I made a profit, albeit small, from doing it last year.
The assistant put me in the exam room. I took off my shoes and socks, and picked up a magazine, but it was not long before the doctor came in.
“My goodness,” I thought, “He is young.” The corollary to that of course is that I am old(er).
“Hi,” the young man said.”
“Hi, Doctor.”

He looked at the intake sheet. He looked up at me and then again at the sheet.

“Wait a minute,” he said. “I know you. Aren’t you a physician?”
“But you answered ‘Author’ in this occupation box.”
“I did.”
“Because that’s what I do.”

I smiled. He smiled.

“You seem so pleased.”
“I am, thank you.”
“Now, what seems to be the problem?”

© 2018


By | 2018-11-26T19:23:30+00:00 December 13th, 2018|Writing|10 Comments


  1. Peter Voccio JR. December 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Wisdom, it comes with age. If you listed physician you surely wouldn’t get a patient but Author you may sell a book or two.

    • Ed December 13, 2018 at 10:15 pm - Reply

      Yep, I think you’re right.

  2. John Parziale December 17, 2018 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    But to me, you will always be “Professore”

    Buon Natale

    • Ed December 17, 2018 at 3:05 pm - Reply

      You misspelled Putterer.

  3. Mary Ann Sheridan December 18, 2018 at 1:41 am - Reply

    Love when we can send young ones a curve ball

    • Ed December 18, 2018 at 1:52 am - Reply

      Love that you saw the curve. Merry Christmas 🎅

  4. Christine Manchester December 19, 2018 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I always get a “feeling” after reading your articles. This one made me smile and think of the countless times I’ve written Retired Advertising/Marketing VP in the Occupation space. The doctors always look at me somewhat quizzically after reading it…not sure what they thought a retired VP would look like but I’m sure I’m not the imagined image.
    And, at my age, my original doctors have all retired and my new docs are all young-ins!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Ed December 19, 2018 at 2:28 am - Reply

      So funny. Thanks, Christine. We all know the feeling.
      Yes, and my doctors have retired and I now have young’uns. It’s good
      Merry Christmas

  5. Art Tuch December 21, 2018 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    My family physician( a few years younger than we are…but not young) remembered I am a retired gastroenterologist but more importantly I told his penn student in the room that I am a sculptor and teach third year medical students how to interview patients. First of all, it gives be a “kick” to realize I can sculpt with clay and live model, something I did not know before I retired. Teaching the students is special seeing the world through their eyes, showing them by example with us
    how to engage the patients…to listen to them as people. Something they tend to miss with their concern not to miss asking
    their patient a l l of the many questions they feel they must ask. This is my reflection on the youth filling the new ranks.
    I keep fooling myself that I am not “old…er”, by their kindness both through verbal and non verbal “pass”…about my age.
    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.

    • Ed December 21, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Love it, Art. I have another take on it. Your intellectual curiosity, in this case the interest in and performance of a ‘new’ endeavor, gives the students a sense of the future. They have to think about different interests and pursuits in their encounters with you. Their kindness is based on respect, bordering on awe. “This guy’s still got it!”
      Happy Healthy Holidays, Art. Please call me if you are nearby. I would love to see you.

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