"Young and Old", Tenwek, 2012
In the Last Days, God says, “I will pour out my Spirit on every kind of people: Your sons will prophesy, also your daughters; Your young men will see visions, your old men dream dreams.” Acts 2:17 (NIV)
In the recent movie, “Quartet”, we are invited into the complicated stories of the lives of senior retired British opera singers. There is one scene of a lecture by the protagonist, Reggie, about the nature of opera with the young who are visiting the retirement home. It turns out to be a wonderful conversation.
Like the senior professional singers, how can we hear the stories of senior healthcare professionals? One answer is that they require specific policies if they are to continue to practice. It could be inferred that there is no specific utility or importance of these seniors in a culture of the newest and most advanced technology. What the “Quartet” suggests is that their art lives on in profound ways because of the their stories and struggles. A commentary about the lives of these seniors by the young physician for the retirement home in the “Quartet” reveals their contribution: “Their love of life is infectious. They inspire us.”
So instead of just seeing senior physicians as a “credentialing” issue, maybe our art and history can also inspire the young but it must be more than education. I pray that our dreams will be fulfilled in the lives of the young as healing agents.
Thanks be to God for all who practiced their art and their faith as service to God and his creation.
Porreco RP. The senior obstetrician requesting obstetric privileges. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 206(3):183-6, 2012 Mar.
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