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Who’s the Person Behind the White Coat?

In the Course of our lives, we have interacted with many physicians wearing the well recognized white coats.

Since birth, we have countless interactions with physicians; from pediatricians to family doctors, orthopedists and dermatologists. Physicians are responsible for our routine medical care but sometimes are tasked with giving us difficult diagnoses that can change the outcomes of our entire lives. Alternatively, physicians can also provide hope and positive results after treatment, cure, or rehabilitation.

We may sometimes forget about the physician being a human being beyond the white coat.

As the focus is on our own livelihoods, we rarely imagine them outside of their work environment. However, these people have personal lives with the same complexity as anyone else. They are
parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends. They face the same challenges in life as any of us and undertake all of this while practicing medicine.

As the focus is on our own livelihoods, we rarely imagine physicians outside of their work environment. However, these people have personal lives with the same complexity as anyone else. They are parents, spouses, children, siblings, and friends. They face the same challenges in life as any of us and undertake all of this while practicing medicine.

In the United States as of 2023, there are approximately 1,077,115 practicing physicians; an average of 300 patients per doctor. Only 0.29% of the U.S. population chooses to practice medicine.  There is presently a shortage of physicians across the country and this has a tremendous impact on communities’ access to healthcare.

Only 0.29% of the U.S. population chooses to practice medicine. There is presently a shortage of physicians across the country and this has a tremendous impact on communities access healthcare.

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