Doc of the Year: Award Comes with Responsibility

John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media , August 14, 2013

"Yes, I understand all that but I went into medicine to help people and that is all I can tell you. So, I feel like each of us in our own way do what we can to help the community. That is the basis of everything I do in medicine," he says.

"My whole family has been involved at various times helping with the clinic. They come as they are able to. That is what happens with other physicians. Those who are interested, we rotate them through so they are not there all the time. I am there each week but most people come periodically and that seems to work so that they are not overwhelmed. So it is very doable."

Responsibility goes with the award

While he was first "very uncomfortable" about earning the Family Physician of the Year Award, Albani says the award has practical purposes.

"You don't go into medicine looking for accolades. I'm not out there for awards. There is nothing special about me. I am just a doctor trying to do what I know how to do," he says.

"But as a little time has gone by I've come to realize that there is a responsibility and an obligation that goes with the award. The award was given because they feel I represent what we as family physicians do. That is important at a time when you have the government and insurance companies telling us what doctors are all about. It sets a spark. It's a great example."

John Commins is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media.
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