Dad’s last week

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I had intended to spend our spring break week in Montana with my kids and my dad, going to parks and museums together. Instead, I spent the week in the hospital, helping my dad make end-of-life choices and learning more about the importance of communication in health care settings and the preciousness of close relationships in life. I am a better person and a better physician because my dad trusted me to be there while he was dying. During his last week, I was grateful to have spent years studying medicine and years getting to know my dad. This combination of professional and personal knowledge enabled me to help him choose his own end-of-life path. As someone who does not like hospitals, I have always wondered why I became a doctor; now I know.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-276
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • End-of-life
  • Family medicine
  • Health care communication
  • Patient engagement
  • Patient-physician communication
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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