Proust questionnaire: Brad Fritz, MD

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 54, No. 5, June 2012, Page 266 Proust for Physicians

proust portrait of Dr. Fritz

Dr Fritz is a general practitioner in Vancouver.

What profession might you have pursued, if not for medicine?
Professional golf (but I wanted to be a doctor from age 2).

Which talent would you most like to have?
To be a better putter!

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My children, Adam and Karyn.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Any one-on-one time with my wife. 

What is your greatest fear?
Alzheimer disease.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A too-mercurial temper.

What characteristic do your favorite patients share?
The ability to discuss their problems intelligently and with passion.

Which living physician do you most admire?
My wife, Dr Deborah Money.

What is your favorite activity?

On what occasion do you lie?
When the truth for a patient is too painful right off the mark.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
When I say to a patient, “I think you have…” when I know they have something.

What medical advance do you most anticipate?
A Star Trek tricorder.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Tireless devotion to my family, pa­tients, and profession.

What do you most value in your colleagues?
Their commitment to the health and welfare of their patients.

Who are your favorite writers?
J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Daniel Silva.

What is your greatest regret?
The assassination of Robert Kennedy.

How would you like to die?
Quietly in my bed at more than 90 years old with all my marbles.

What is your motto?
Don’t believe the press notices you write for yourself.

Brad Fritz, MD. Proust questionnaire: Brad Fritz, MD. BCMJ, Vol. 54, No. 5, June, 2012, Page(s) 266 - Proust for Physicians.

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