"Your note meant so much to me..."I don't do it all the time, but I like handwriting notes. No matter how bad your handwriting is (and you docs can have some of the worst!), I think there is something to be said about taking the time to jot a message to somebody that they actually get in the MAIL.
A couple of months ago, I pulled out the ACMS member directory, picked a page, and wrote 5-6 notes to random doctors. "I simply wanted to say keep up the good work, I know you've sacrificed a lot, don't be discouraged in your profession, etc." They're not just generic smarmy statements - I am stunned by the amount of dedication I see in people like you and what you pour out to provide health care in our city.
The other day I got a call from one of those doctors who wanted me to know how much it meant that somebody would take the time to do that. This physician was going through an employment change when my note showed up and it really meant a lot amidst all the stress and uncertainty. Our words have amazing power - or as one proverb says "there is power of life and death in the tongue." I believe it is as much in the pen as well.
Look around your practice today or while you are in the physicians' lounge between procedures. Ask yourself "Who could I call or write and say something encouraging to?" I know you won't be shocked by their response, because it's exactly how you would respond. "Wow, your note/call could not have come at a better time...Thank You!"