It was the first visit to a state Capitol for Dr. Wood, a California native and first-year resident physician.
“I feel very lucky,” she said. “I am very fortunate to be able to come to the Capitol and learn about the history and care for the people here. It’s a great opportunity.”
At 12:30 p.m., the two physicians were led to the state House of Representatives, where they were publicly honored by the chamber for their service, a scene that was repeated before the state Senate later in the afternoon.
Although he’s been serving as a Doctor of the Day since the 1980s, Dr. Harmon has no plans to stop. For him, it’s an opportunity to not only to care for others but to also serve as an example to the next generation of care providers.
“It’s important to instill in our physicians that being a leader in our community means stepping outside the doors of our hospitals, of our offices and of our exam rooms,” Dr. Harmon said. “This is democracy at work, and they need to come up here and see it.”