2017 President: Welcome, Dr. Sams!

Dr. Trisha Sams’ inaugural speech delivered at the NAFP banquet on March 31, 2017. 

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The Doctor Child

I sat in the exam room with a pleasant elderly 80 year old woman.  She listened carefully as her diagnosis of myelodysplastic syndrome was explained.   She listened even more closely as the treatment plan was outlined.  It was then that she asked me for my opinion.  But this woman is not another patient.  This woman is my mother and I feel the internal struggle between my physician persona and my mother’s daughter begin. Continue reading