As I am approaching the twilight of my medical career, it has caused me to pause and reflect. Memories come flooding back - the thousands of night calls; tens of thousands of patients seen and cared for; those that died; the joys, the heartbreak, the doubts, the burnout, the tears, the hugs; the good and the bad, the joyful and the sad. I find myself wondering how will I be remembered, what will be my legacy?
There are a number of things for which I hope to be remembered:
- I lived a life that counted, that made a difference for God, for my country, for my family, for my community, and for the under-served of the world.
- I experienced the needs of the world in a personal way and they became real to me.
- I was a physician who cared for the whole person and did so with excellence, humility, and a servant-heart.
-I invested in, taught, encouraged, and mentored the next generation, our future, every chance I could.
- I was a servant-leader who cared for people and inspired others to do what they do best, better.
- I worked to bring joy back into medicine because without joy medicine is just hard work.
- I lived a life that reflected West Point’s motto – Duty, Honor, Country.
We will all leave a legacy. The past is history from which to learn and grow. The present is here and now. This is the time to lay the foundation for yours. When you come to the twilight of your life, how do you want to be remembered? There will be no second chances or go backs.
Andy Lamb, MD