Way too small. I ran into one of my patients at my gym today.
"Dr. Lowenstein?" (not my real name)
I turn around. "Mr. Albertson!" (not his real name either)
"Good memory! How are you?"
And hence started our odd smalltalk. Of course I remember the guy -- 54 year-old who had a heart attack about one and a half years ago. I cared for him as a first year fellow on our CCU. He drinks too much, but otherwise is doing ok. Granted, at his last appointment 6 months ago I suggested he join this gym with the tongue-in-cheek caveat that "you might run into your cardiologist", I never really thought about what to say to a patient in the gym, or the grocery store, or anywhere else outside the office.
As I was leaving, I thought of what to say. "Good to see you. Keep up the hard work and have a great Thanksgiving," was going to be my line. But, I looked around for him and he was gone.
Nonetheless, it's good to see patients taking my advice and exercising.