National Doctor’s Day: A Message From Dr. Daniel Sugai ’04 @danielsugaimd

This National Doctor’s 👩🏻‍⚕️👨🏻‍⚕️ Day is especially meaningful to us this year. ⁣

It is a time to reflect on the sacrifices we as physicians make. Doctors are on the frontlines, risking their lives and the well being of their families. My love for my wife has grown immensely just this past month as she wakes up every day with courage and strength to be there for her patients. ⁣

We met at the start of medical school after completing four years of undergraduate studies. We got engaged in our senior year of medical school and then relocated from Hawaii to Boston for internship and residency, carrying just a couple suitcases and hundreds of thousand in student loan debt. ⁣

After our intern year, we got married during the one week break back in Hawaii before starting residency. We did not have a honeymoon- there was no time for it. Our twenties came and went and by the time we were in our thirties, we had finally completed our training. We have missed numerous weddings, funerals and major holidays. My paternity leave was one week for my first child and even less for my second. While pregnant, my wife was doing overnight ICU shifts, and on her feet for 18 hours straight, placing central lines in all hours of the night. ⁣

This story does not belong to us and applies to ALL physicians. ⁣

Now we are faced with continued challenges that require sacrifice. But we are not backing down. There is a reason I am so close to my colleagues (doctors and nurses) from residency and internship. We would call it “the trenches” as it really does feel like war at times- sleep deprivation, death, heartbreak, self doubt, fear, and mental pressure.⁣

My respect for my colleagues has heightened this past month and I am proud of every healthcare professional around the world. For once, we all have a common enemy and we shall prevail together. ⁣

Happy National Doctor’s Day!⁣

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