Editor’s note: Answering The Purcell Register’s five questions this week is Purcell physician Bryan Dye.
Q: What led you to medicine?
A:Initially I wanted to be a musician or band director. My favorite subjects in school were music and all the math/science areas. My father, who was a band director, encouraged me to go the direction of medicine. He would tell stories of my great-grandfather, who was an “old time buggy doctor” in Mill Creek, Oklahoma.
Q: When did you know you were going to study medicine?
A: My intentions on being a physician began when in junior high school. I can remember there were two events in my life, and both occurred early on that influenced my decision. Working on our family farm and caring for cattle, our local Vet Tech would come out and get blood samples from the cows. One time he asked if I wanted to draw the sample. He showed me how and let me finish collecting the samples. The second event was when my appendix ruptured while marching in a parade. I was rushed to Ada where our family physician/surgeon, who I really looked up to, performed my surgery. From that point on I just couldn’t imagine any other profession than being a doctor.
Q: What’s your favorite part of your job?
A: Getting to be a part of my patient’s life journey. It’s like I get to see my friends and neighbors every day! Being here for 31 years has allowed me to watch a lot of people “grow up”.
Q: What’s the most difficult part of your job?
A: Being part of patient’s life journey, often times there are difficult diagnoses and discussions that have to be made. These people truly do become like family and it is such an honor to be called their Family Doctor.
Q: What do you like to do when you are off work?
A: I enjoy certainly my family time, especially quality time with my wife. I enjoy golf, pickleball, sailing, and yes, I get to be a musician playing trumpet in a small jazz group.
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