- Respect. Always respect your patient. They live in their own body, and know better than ANYONE else what is happening to them. Do not ever make them feel like they are crazy for telling you their aches, pains, and other random symptoms.
- Keep up with medicine. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (as well as autoimmune conditions) are just beginning to be taken seriously in the medical profession. These are real crippling illnesses that should be further understood.
- Work on your bedside manner. No one needs to go see a doctor who is like a clinical psychologist, but some good words and well wishes on the part of the practitioner can really go a LONG way to making a patient feel less panicked.
- Do not always sound condescending. The Internet has become an amazing resource for learning more about particular illnesses, so it is very possible the patient you are talking to is as well-educated (if not more...) than said physician on the illness itself.
- Keep an open mind about Eastern and alternative medicine. Often times these procedures can be used with Western medicine to much benefit :).
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Ideas for Medical Students
For those who may be starting as a medical student (my sister maybe?), those who are medical students, and those who are just starting their careers in medicine - I have a few ideas that may be useful to you when dealing with your patients (particularly those who are chronically ill!).