During my recent trip to England, I participated as a faculty member at two podiatry and physiotherapy meetings. This was my third trip to the country in the past five years, giving me the opportunity to lecture and interact with colleagues. My experiences this time ran the gamut from dismay about the healthcare system in the United Kingdom to awe and respect for the level of care many of our colleagues offer in this country.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a long, anxiety-ridden day waiting in the emergency room in an unusual capacity: as the family member of a patient. As many of us, I spend a fair amount of time in the emergency room. However, I have learned that time spent in a professional capacity has a very different feel than time spent watching the clock, waiting for the nurse, the physician and the eventual “news.”