Epic #WIN Post: White Coat’s Call Room

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This post by White Coat over at EPMonthly really had me by the chords of my heart! This has always been one of the blogs that I have loved reading, and I must say, somehow, the words resonated with something I had been feeling of late:

People won’t remember how good of a doctor you are, but they will always remember how you made them feel.

In a later post (when I manage to find some time to sit down and randomize the patient details and adequately anonymize them) I will post about a similar, personal experience, which, however, did not go as smoothly as it did with WC.

Anyways. I have always maintained that somehow, our medical education system has managed to alienate us from the patients. Isn’t it strange that a profession which is solely intended to serve man, somehow ends up dehumanizing the subjects of its very own cause of existence? It is easy to be caught up in the whirlpool and get swept off into desensitizing oneself so much so that the patient is no longer a suffering human being, but a mere diagnosis, an algorithm, a puzzle to solve…

Thanks White Coat for reminding me that it is not enough to treat my patients well, but to make them feel well, feel cared for, and of course, feel comfortable…

Gregory House said that we became doctors to treat illnesses; treating patients is what made us miserable. I guess, for once, I choose to be miserable by choice.

Skeptic Oslerphile, Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!


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