For Doc Rob: 10 Reasons Why Doctors Are Like Truckers

Blogger's Note: I know I'll get into some trouble with this one (humorous post folks! funny! not serious!), so a little background is in order...

Earlier this week, Doc Rob wrote one of the best posts by a physician I've ever read.

If you haven't read it, get thee over there pronto.

Driving back from Blacksburg Tuesday, I overheard a bunch of truckers talking around the coffee pots at a convenience store.

As they talked 'shop' like logistics, traffic problems, selfish motorists, etc., I realized maybe docs and truckers have more things in common than we might expect.

Here are a few:

1. They mostly work alone.

2. We expect perfect performance and safe, ontime delivery, rain or shine.

3. They work through exhaustion, pain, and important personal/family events.

4. Some work for small outfits, while others work for larger concerns. The rarest breed are secure, independent owner-operators.

5. We pay them pennies on the dollar for what they do.

6. Both need a special license.

7. They handle our most precious cargo.

8. They're in it for the long haul, unless they burn out.

9. They're always subject to a labyrinth of new rules and regulations.

10. They wish people would just get out of the way and let them do their jobs.

And the bonus round:

They don't get as much respect as they deserve. Thank you docs, one and all.

Whether you're in research, academia, practicing, law, etc. we owe you a debt of gratitude that will never be fully repaid.

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