I handed in my resignation. Change! Loss! I will miss the radiologists, the nurses, the cardiologists, nephrologists, neurologists, the women who work in the cafeteria, the maintenance guys, the women who clean the floors, the IT guys, the residents, my beloved secretary, and my wonderful hospitalist docs. This is the only place I’ve worked since I finished my residency, and the place I’ve spent many more waking hours than at home for the last 11 years. Everyone’s cell phone number is in my blackberry. This is where I learned to be a doctor and a boss, how to negotiate, how to hire someone, how to fire someone, how to run a meeting, how to make a presentation, how to be humbled by mistakes while still growing proud and strong. I know new adventures await me. I know I will make new connections and gain important skills, but it feels like leaving home.
Dr. Lovins loves learning about medicine and leadership, sings in a rocking band called the Inflatables and is married to a photographer named Andrew with whom she shares three excellent children and two small dogs.