Professionalism and Humanism in the Practice of Medicine

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The practice of medicine has been characterized as of late by a departure from the professionalism and humanism that once acted as the basis for all medical care. The current medical model of education and training, as well as an increase in technological reliance and the overburdening of healthcare workers has generated a shift in how practitioners behave in the medical setting. As a student of the PA profession, much of my success as a healthcare provider will be determined by the success with which I perform my technical responsibilities and generate meaningful interactions with my patients. The virtues of professionalism and humanism should be exemplified in all medical professionals’ approaches to patient care, yet often, as was…show more content…
By the end of that day, she had been transferred to the ICU, as her oxygen levels were depleted and resultantly had become unconscious. A simple physical examination from a new physician identified the obstruction, and she made a full recovery. Her experience, and the experience of many other patients who face this disengaged culture of care, are not totally uncommon, yet is easily preventable when providers openly communicate about their patient’s needs. My mother’s physicians had grown so accustomed to their jobs being exercises of procedural ability that they were unable to really listen and communicate with their patients in a meaningful way. They would rather accomplish more technically, see more patients, and perform more procedures than spend additional time appreciating their patient’s needs and concerns. This notion is once more reflected in the film as June describes her difficulty being diagnosed. She explains that her doctors took months to discover a brain tumor, as instead of ordering the necessary MRI, they disregarded her concerns, recommending driving lessons and therapy to treat her ailment. While viewing this portion of film I was reminded of my mother’s struggle as she, too, knew that there was something wrong, yet her providers never attempted to understand her concerns, thus overlooking what was a very obvious problem. Instead of simply physically looking at her throat, they prescribed ice chips and

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