My expectations from me..

There are times when work overwhelming appears

My patients are sick, and I constantly fear

That in taking care of patients too many with complex conditions

I would miss something crucial, fail to pay attention

When my bandwidth is stretched in every direction

My brain hardwired by training to strive for perfection

Can function no longer at the level highest

I try not to lower standards but despite attempts best

To aim for perfection in every facet of the work I do

I inadvertently overlook a few things, it’s true..


Sometimes that inattentive moment

Comes back to bite me, and torment

The perfectionist in me, I deepen my resolve

To pay more attention each time, I want to evolve

In to a person capable of aiming for the bull’s eye

Ignoring the noise around me such that I

Can focus on one task after another in a way

That I give my best to each patient, each day

I want to not let the sum of complexities daunt me

I want to break every problem into its components, simply


We are life-long learners, in medicine especially so

We strive for perfection, we strive to grow

The stakes are much higher when with life and death we deal

So we judge ourselves harshly, discouraged we feel

When we cannot meet our own expectations

For me, this is the best and the worst part of our profession

Published by iheart11

A 30-something year old woman, physician by profession, fiercely passionate about work, family, travel and fashion..

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