Doctors practice what you preach!!!

by: Uchendu George Ifeanyichukwu

 

Hey people!

I am so pleased to be back! I know I owe all of you ‘loads’ of apologies for my disappearance. I am so sorry I deprived you sumptuous articles on this platform. Studies took its toll but I am happy to be back! At least ‘better late than never’ don’t you think?

Over the past 3 weeks, we have been experiencing something new in our academic careers. We have been introduced (or would I say initiated) into the clinical cycle through the ‘BASIC CLINICAL SKILLS’ training. Now, we get to relate with patients, examine them and make appropriate diagnosis.(now I am feeling like a doc!*winks)

However, in the BCS training, one thing has caught me; how practically every clinical department has emphasized the need to create a proper rapport with your patients. ‘Be nice, be polite, say sweet things so your patient can give you all the info you need to make a diagnosis ’so they say but in the ‘truest’ sense of it, how many of these doctors actually do that?

An example comes to mind…we were at the ‘Ear, Nose and Throat’ department last week to observe the consultants, my unit was with a female consultant (I can’t say her name unless I am ready to be a mechanic) and we were utterly bewildered at the way she talked to her patients! ’Don’t waste my time, madam! Can’t you talk?’ were a few of numerous rounds of yelling at her patients. I remember how embarrassed a mother was that she couldn’t even say accurately what was wrong with her daughter.

Now this makes me wonder, does the above rule apply only to the ‘new doctors on the block’? Because it apparently seems like protocol is thrown into the bin as doctors advance in their medical practice.

What do you think about the attitude of doctors towards patients? (Some of these doctors even chew gum while talking to their patients, imagine!). Do you think such poor rapport impedes a doctor from getting a right diagnosis? Have you found yourself in such situation?….Share your views, opinions and experiences with us as we learn to do the basics as medical practitioners .

Have a lovely day!

 

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Author: Chibuzor F. Ogamba

Chibuzor F. Ogamba is a Nigerian Medical Student, Writer, Poet, Blogger, Public Speaker and Catholic Apologist

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