I was recently asked by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella to provide his medical students with some insight from my experience as a PT working with the elderly. The following is my response...
Dear Future Physicians:
I am writing you to offer some observations that I hope to be helpful for you in caring for people. I am a physical therapist (PT) who works with adults who are homebound. PT's help people be as mobile, functional, and independent as they can be. There are many factors that can limit patients' abilities, and it is our job (along with yours) to figure these out and provide ways to optimize their abilities and their participation in meaningful life activities.
This is not an easy task, especially from the medical standpoint. I have seen what your life is like second hand. My wife is an Emergency Medicine Physician. I have been alongside her at every step of her career. I recognize that being a physician is very challenging. People aren't getting any healthier, Dr. Google "knows" more than you do, and patient gratitude can seem like something of the distant past.