I don’t trust my doctor
I got asked a seemingly simple question in a job interview the other day: why do you want to be a GP? I wasn’t exactly lost for words, but I didn’t answer the question to the proper conventions of a job interview; all I could say was, “because although my GP is a good man, I can’t trust him with my health.”
The simple fact of the matter is, as I’ve become more and more educated in the doctrine of medicine, I’ve also become more and more cynical of the people that are responsible for my own health – and that is only partly because my opinions have often differed from theirs.
When I was growing up, I was always told one thing: trust the man in the long, white coat, for he will never lead you astray; he has your best interests at heart. Eventually, I grew to admire this man, and wanted to be just like him. Today, I am him. But not all role models and mentors are created equal, and I want to be as close as possible to the friendly, loving, caring, compassionate, and above-all, flawless, doctor as possible – the man of unquestionable opinion, he who saves lives and never gets anything wrong; the pinnacle of personal responsibility and professional integrity.
Like the moon is not without blemish, the white coat is stained, and even the greatest of men have at some point added to its imperfections. Over time, medicine has increasingly been recognised as a dominance of art over science, “practice” over perfection. Patients do not simply follow the commands of the “man in the white coat”. His actions, his judgement, are questioned, and rightly so, for this is the way to progress. Perhaps this is the Napisan that the white coat has always needed, but always resisted.
Modern medicine is all about conversations, about trust, and about relationships. I have failed to build a long-term relationship with a GP as yet, and perhaps the biggest reason why I am intent on becoming a GP is to change that – not for myself, but for every other person out there that struggles to find and put their faith in a good GP. I know that I can’t be alone, and if I am, I at least want to be part of the change as we build a stronger network of more experienced and more educated general practitioners. There are a lot of absolute gems of GPs out there, but not as many as I would like. Perhaps there are more people like me who want to see more value arising from each and every patient-GP clinical encounter.
So my answer to why I want to become a GP? I want the people of the world to have truly meaningful conversations with the man in the white coat. And I want to be the best example of that man that I possibly can.
What do you look for in your GP?
Home is where one starts from.
- T.S. Eliot
The ache for home lives in all of us...
- Maya Angelou
Omo Valley, Ethiopia
My home is my retreat and resting place ...
I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside,
as I do another corner in my soul.
- Michel de Montaigne…
From the Oxford Dictionary
Definition of crazy
- adjective (crazier, craziest): mad, especially as manifested in wild or aggressive behaviour.
- archaic (of a ship or building) full of cracks or flaws; unsound.
We've all had our moments of crazy. Little peeks behind the sanity curtain. In context, it's fine, like screaming like a banshee at the television during the substitute for paleolithic aggression we call sports.
Very interesting article – It is always interesting to apply lessons from the aviation industry into medical practice. I am still very apprehensive about EMR, we have greater things to address here – I am always stunned to see how many doctors fail to include a simple impression or list of issues in their documentation – particularly, but not restricted to, internationally qualified doctors. Medical documentation needs to be carefully reviews and simple lessons need to be taught before giving so much importance to integrating the mass roll out of a controversial electronic record system. http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/11/pilots-worked-doctors-sky-rain-planes.html?utm_medium=linkedin&utm_source=twitterfeed
The best thing about night shifts is that I can review my work the following night, after it has been pulled apart, critically analysed and reviewed by a team of specialists and junior doctors. That’s learning, team work and patient follow up all integrated into one nice learning package. And hey, it’s a two way street. I can see what my colleagues are doing during the day and offer my insight by jotting down what I think they could have done or should be doing differently. Add feedback and proactive documentation to the list. How do you feel about night shifts?
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