"Are you the doctor?" was the most frequently asked question I received from patients in my new practice. The second most common question was: "Are you old enough to be a doctor?" followed by the rather blunt question "How old are you?" I graduated from family practice (FP) residency in 2002 when I was 26-years-old — younger than most newly minted FP doctors. This warrants some explanation. I didn't skip several years ...

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It was a beautiful warm mid-July morning in Minnesota. And I was taken by surprise by my feeling of complete and utter contentment. I was with my family bicycling around a lake on a smooth groomed gravel path surrounded by trees, ferns and so many shades of green my breath was taken away. The cool riparian air mixed with the warmth of the sun, and the laughter of children up ...

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