A doctor who understands the doctor patient relationship
When you see someone continuously for three years, they become more than your patient. Not really a friend or family but something very distinct. Not the impersonal feeling of a brand new patient, but something akin to a comrade in arms. A fellow soldier. Someone you've humped through the bush, the desert, the bullshit for a couple years and now he's hit the goddamn landmine. Most of the time you just have talked shop, but that and the emotions involved are enough to bond you forever. Call it doctor-patient relationship. Whatever you want to call it. It's brutal.
Be sure to read the entire post. Cancer Doc shows what the doctor patient relationship can be.