Dear Dr. M.,
We haven’t had many interactions, but of the ones we have had, you’ve made quite the impression. As my preclinical preceptor, you were the first doctor I worked with while in medical school. As a trauma surgeon, you impressed me with your skill and passion. And as an educator, you’ve inspired me to keep working towards a purpose bigger than myself.
But you also told me to have fun. “Don’t spend too much time in the hospital during your preclinical years. You have the rest of your life to do so.” Your words make sense now more than ever. “Go away for the summer and find an urban experience in trauma.” So I went to Portland and worked with an incredible urban population. “Find a mentor.” Your teaching, while brief, has been equivalent to that of a mentor.
I’m grateful for the chance to spend my time on the trauma service. I’m excited to continue learning from you, your team and your patients. You show me that this work is sustainable and it gives me hope to carry on your legacy.