ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Tuesday is National Doctors Day, a time to recognize physicians for keeping us healthy and making us well.
So what makes doctors get into the profession of healing?
Dr. John Inman doesn't see patients quite like he used to, but you can still find him in his office at The Veranda several days each week, treating one or two patients a day. He takes things pretty easy now, but he's worked with thousands of women over the years.
Since 1945, OB/GYN Dr. John Inman. Jr. has been practicing medicine, delivering thousands of children as an obstetrician.
"9,350. That's what I've done here in Albany," said Inman, of the infants he's brought into the world.
So why did he choose this career? Because a doctor once healed him of a terrible ear infection that kept him out of school for six weeks.
"Dr. Irvin was so nice and kind and sweet. I'd go to his office and he'd clean it out and he would come out to our house and I said, 'I want to be a doctor like Dr. Irvin'."
So a doctor he became. He graduated from Emory in 1945, and 65 years later, he's still practicing. "I don't know anything else. I'd rather get up every morning and have something to do."
And he likes going home with good results at the end of a hard days work.
"Why did I go into obstetrics? Because I like my patients to be well and go home quick, not be chronically sick. I like well, happy patients."
Following about 60 years behind Dr. Inman is Dr. Tamara Lewis, a family medicine resident at Phoebe.
"You really go into it because it's something that you desire," said Lewis. "It's something that you love and you have an intense dedication to the patient where you want to make sure that they're okay and that all things are taken care of."
In her case, she wants to make sure that everyone in the family is taken care of.
"I think for me it was a natural fit to do family medicine. I like seeing the whole spectrum of family from newborns to grandmothers. I enjoy the interaction you get when you are able to see everybody in the family and really become almost a part of their family when you are taking care of them."
From taking care of entire families to delivering them, "I have some that I delivered the husband and the wife and their children" aid Inman.
The main reason these doctors opted for a career in medicine is the same. To heal and to help.
And a lot has changed regarding the price of medical school. Dr. Inman said when he was in medical school, tuition, room and board cost him $160 per quarter.
Doctors who graduate now often have more than $100,000 in student loan debt.
The first Doctor's day was held in Winder in 1933. It became nationally celebrated back in the 1990's.