Happy New YearJanuary 6th, 2020
I would like to start off the New Year by thanking each and every one of you who bring your unique talents to Michigan Medicine every day. I am grateful to all of you – our tremendous faculty, staff and learners and their unwavering dedication to our patients and families.
We all spend our holiday time in different ways and my hope is that you all took some time and have returned with warm memories of the holidays. Over the holidays, I had the good fortune of spending time with my wife, kids and grandkids in Chapel Hill, NC. Despite everyone’s extremely busy schedule, the time together was the perfect opportunity to reconnect with loved ones and appreciate what they have brought to our lives as we begin a new year.
For me, it is a rare opportunity to spend a few wonderful and chaotic days with my family. My wife and I have five kids… who are not really kids anymore; our youngest is 27 and our oldest is 36. And we are blessed with four grandchildren!
The first of the year is also a time for reflection. Ten years ago, I couldn’t have imagined this day of being a grandparent. As I saw old friends and relatives, I was also struck with all the various interests and hobbies we have developed. Recently I attended a departmental meeting where team members had shared interesting vignettes about themselves that their co-workers knew nothing about. One person had chauffeured the Butterball Lady around Detroit on a marketing tour, another had been to Graceland seven times.
In the same vein, I’ll tell you a short personal tale. I really enjoy movies – entertaining movies. This tracks to my time as an internal medicine resident. Several of my co-residents and I formed the Residents Action Cinema (RAC) club. Over pizza, we watched movies like Rambo, The Road Warrior, and The Terminator. We called our “meetings” pure escapism at the end of a long week. I still like action films but of a milder variety, like the new Jumanji, which we saw over the holidays.
Do you have some interest, hobby or talent that would surprise us? Please share it below in the comment box. Learning more about each other is fun and gives us all new insights about each other and those we work with.
All of my best wishes for a wonderful and rewarding New Year.