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Working to Change the World, One Doctor at a timeArticle posted on Monday, October, 18th, 2010 at 8:00 am
When I started telling Neely’s story, the goal was very simple….reach as many parents as possible, and if we’re lucky, maybe we can prevent another child from going through something like Neely did.
But it didn’t take long to realize there is another opportunity in sharing Neely’s story. A chance to reach the doctors of those children. Imagine my complete surprise and excitement when Greenville Children’s Hospital asked me to share our story and a message about healthy doctor-patient relationships to their Pediatric Residents. They gave me a completely different perspective on sharing our story.
I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to be any closer to the “front lines” than talking with tomorrow’s pediatricians. And what better Residency Program to start with than the #1 Pediatric Residency Program in the country. (I had no idea that GHS Children’s Hospital had the #1 program – but I’m not surprised.)
So I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about what to say to those future pediatricians….And how to tell our story in a way that might forever change the way think about and interact with their patients. I’m just trusting that the right words will come to mind when the time arrives.
Best of all, they asked me to bring Neely at the end of the class, so that she can meet everyone. I’m not sure how she is going to react to a room full of “white coats” so we may have to have an “off with the coats” session just prior to her arrival. Stay tuned for plenty of pictures and details….