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For This Paper, I Interviewed A Close Family Friend Named

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For this paper, I interviewed a close family friend named Sarah. Sarah is a geriatric physician who works at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Sarah also works in hospice and with medicine. While Sarah currently practices medicine in the United States, she has practiced all over the world, including in India, Sri Lanka, and the Bahamas. Sarah has been working in the United States for the past fifteen years, and went to medical school in Chennai, India. Throughout the interview, Sarah and I discussed how the dynamic nature of medicine and the changes it has gone through since Sarah was in medical school, especially in terms of modernization through technology, have been key in shaping her current worldview, perceptions, and…show more content…
In medical school in India, Sarah was only taught about subjects like biology, chemistry, and anatomy, and was not exposed to the connections that the social sciences have to medicine. Due to the traditional definition of medicine, or rather, “western biomedicine” that Sarah’s medical school used, she perceived herself more as a biologist or chemist, than a doctor. However, when she ventured out of the classroom, and more into the field of medical practice, Sarah’s sense of identity was challenged. She realized that she could not be a good doctor by being solely a biologist or anatomist. She would also have to have the skills of an anthropologist, sociologist, and psychologist. In fact, in her current job, Sarah describes her role as more of a therapist than as a doctor. “Yes, I prescribe medicine and treatments,” she says, “but an important part of my job is being a counselor, and offering moral and emotional support.” Especially because Sarah works in hospice about thirty percent of the time, she believes that having good social skills, and being able to offer psychological support can help not only patients, but also their families and loved ones through difficult times. Sarah also believes that having experience learning about different cultures, societies, norms, and traditions is also a valuable asset to have as a physician because it
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