Thursdays At Texas Children's

November 3, 2011

Body

I work as a gastroenterologist at the Texas Children's Health Center in The Woodlands. I live nearby and each Thursday I drive down to Texas Children's Hospital where I do my endoscopies. It's where my patients get the best care.

I hear it all the time, 'you must hate to drive downtown.' As it turns out, I love Thursdays at Children's. I look forward to it all week.

Old friends. It seems that no matter how many times I walk the corridors at Texas Children's, I bump into someone who I haven't seen in years. A NICU nurse in administration, a veteran volunteer, or a former resident now running a clinic. I first came here in 1991 and it's fun to find old connections.

Teaching. As a seasoned clinician I feel that I have an obligation to pass what I know to the next generation of gastreoenterologists. The trainees who leave here carry the reputation of training in the busiest pediatric endoscopy unit in the United States. While at times it may be easier to do things myself, the Texas Children's commitment to education is met through our hands-on teaching. And being among those creating the advances in pediatric endoscopic technique keeps me fresh and current.

The bigger picture. As I make my walk from the Feigin Center garage to the Abercrombie Building each week, I'm reminded that I'm part of something bigger than a local clinic. No matter where we grow or how big we become, this is where it started and it's where some of our most important work takes place.

A change of scenery. I love the staff at Texas Children's Health Center in The Woodlands, but it's good to see something different.

And of course there's medical records. In the days before EPIC, I would toil each Thursday afternoon with a short stack of colorfully flagged manila records. I suspect that the digital migration will ultimately make my visits to medical records a thing of the past.

So while I have options closer to home for endoscopy, I suspect that I'll continue to bring my patients to the Texas Children's Hospital main campus. If not for the best care available, for some slightly selfish reasons as well.

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