Longing to Belong

Nor cast one longing lingering look behind Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard by Richard Ratzan, M.D. Abstract: On the eve of retirement after 45 years as a physician, the author reflects on a lifelong inclusion in medicine, from early childhood days as the son of a medical couple to a career in emergency medicine. He anticipates with dread the day when he will no longer belong in the ranks of those who are unquestionably healers. Keywords: retirement, profession, collegiality, nostalgia, autobiography, clinical medicine, emergency medicine Two years ago I walked out of my emergency department ending 43 years as an employed academic physician. Although I realized at the … Continue reading


Retirement Comes: A Poem by Shay Bintliff, M.D.

Retirement comes, bringing destinations indeterminate. New fields New hills New roads, Leading I know not where. But go I must. Strange new sensations lurk in my heart. Change is upon me! This fiery feeling, a relentless flame, To move on To discover anew To touch the worlds I’ve never known. Is it even too late? In my gut there is a deep emptiness, Not for nourishment, But for the life I so loved and cherished. There is a heavy wave of Loneliness Bewilderment Sweeping over me, consuming me. Where now is my sense of purpose? For some reason, we can not get alignment right on this site.  See Pdf for … Continue reading

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