Monday, December 4, 2006

Who Are Our Physicians?

Two realities for a patient to keep clear in her/his mind: 1) It is the rare physician who regards her/his patient as a partner in management. We physicians are not trained this way. We are in charge and we expect you, the patient, not to forget that! 2) Medical schools pay very scant attention to applicants' qualities as care-givers and caring healers; the application process strongly prefers scientific and intellectual capabilites to those of compassion. It is the rare medical school, if any, that will reject a possible future Nobel Laureate in favor of a possible future Mother Teresa.

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