Art of Medicine
Nov 2018

When I Take Off My White Coat…

Joseph Gascho, MD
AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(11):E1094-1099. doi: 10.1001/amajethics.2018.1094.


Lay persons might think physicians spend all their time in hospitals or clinics or that physicians fly their private jets to exclusive resorts for long weekends. But physicians are regular people just like their patients, and, when not on the job, they do many of the same things for the same reasons: playing with pets and doing sports, music, and art. Physicians might not have a blue-ribbon dog, might not have played varsity basketball in college, might not have gone to Julliard before medical school, might not have had one-person exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but what they do when they are not wearing their white coats can make them better physicians when they put the coats back on again.


Figure 1. Dwight Davis, MD With Dog and With Students and Residents on Rounds

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Figure 2. Michael Farbaniec, MD Making Sound and Reading Images of Sound

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Figure 3. Faisal Aziz, MD Holding a Painting and Gowned in Operating Room

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Figure 4. Anisa Chaudhry, MD Serving a Tennis Ball and Examining a Patient

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AMA J Ethics. 2018;20(11):E1094-1099.



Conflict of Interest Disclosure

The author(s) had no conflicts of interest to disclose.

The viewpoints expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the AMA.