Dear Dr. Cranquis,
What would you consider the most important qualities (with regard to character, mental capacity...all that fun stuff) a practicing physician should have?
What a fun question to answer! Thank you! :)
In no particular order (and trying to avoid simply writing a description of myself):
- An easy sense of humor — both about life, and about one’s own self. A doctor who takes himself too seriously is a burden to their colleagues, and a turn-off to their patients.
- A touch of idealism — Real life medicine will quickly wear away 95% of the idealistic vision which we all had before entering med school, but you have to keep at least a little faith in the Scientific Method and the prior experiences of those who have gone before you.
- Ability to boil down complicated concepts into simple terms — not only for the patient’s sake (cuz it doesn’t matter how smart you are, if the patient has no idea what you’re saying), but also for your own learning ability.
- Realistic goals for your personal life — Gone are the days when a doctor could work 3 half-days a week, golf twice a week, and own a mansion with 2 foreign sports cars in the garage and a yacht moored at a private dock. But doctors shouldn’t feel that they have to live at that socioeconomic level, and grind themselves away on the millstone of work accordingly — doctors should balance their work with their personal well-being (family, emotional, spiritual, and psychological). As physicians, we should provide good examples of balance, and not excess.
- Ability to interact productively with bizarre cultures — the smokers who don’t think cigarettes cause cancer, the parents who insist on antibiotics for runny noses, the diabetics who just don’t get it. Doctors need to be able to put aside their repulsion or disgust with their patients’ personalities and personal choices, and strive to find a common ground where at least small positive changes can occur. (OF COURSE, you can “vent” about the weirdos on Tumblr later, like I do!)
- EITHER a photographic memory with gigantic RAM and fantastic MhZ, OR a willingness to dedicate a few years to slowly and painstakingly forcing large amounts of scientific knowledge and skills into your brain, sacrificing fun times and finances and easy living, while not being depressed by the realization that your sacrifices will be rarely appreciated by the people who will benefit from them.
- Keen sense of discernment — as you undergo the rigors of medical education, you will meet all sorts of “teachers” and “doctors” — and not all of them will be useful role models. You must be like a heron: standing knee-deep in the river of examples and admonishments which will flow over and around you, watching with a keen eye and a ready beak to grasp the valuable nuggets and letting the rest of the CRAP flow downstream.
- Acknowledgement of (if not Appreciation for) a spiritual component to medicine and patients — Despite the way that medical/scientific training tends to pound out any aspects of “faith” or “moral value” from us, doctors must recognize that “There are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of in (our) philosophy." Surveys show that many (most?) of our patients believe in a form of God or Higher Being, the power of prayer, and the importance of "living right" for better health. Doctors who are able to see the world through the dual viewpoints of Science and Faith will not only connect more easily with their patients, but will also find greater satisfaction and reassurance in their daily battle against dis-ease and death.
- An internal desire to become a doctor — If you become a doctor because “your parents are doctors” or “my best friend is going to med school so maybe I should too” or “that’s what everyone expects me to do”, you will burn out. You need to WANT to do it, to become a constantly-learning never-appreciated always-expected-to-be-perfect icon. Only an internal motivation will get you through 3rd year of med school, much less intern year!
Thanks again for tossing me such a fun question to mess around with. Good luck, Wannabe!
Edit: Kategator pointed out that this question sounded like an application essay question — hmm, good point! I better get some credit if you get into med school based on the awesomeness of my answer, Wannabe! :)
I still think this was somebody’s quick-n-easy way to apply to a school somewhere by using my words. I hope Alternate Me is getting good grades and impressing all the professors. :)
What’s it Like to Be Dyslexic?
Via the Daily Mail.
According to Barclay, people with dyslexia and other reading difficulties are often capable of thinking in ways others aren’t and as a result are ‘capable of true greatness’, yet these people are often misunderstood and treated unfairly as a result.
‘Being dyslexic, I noticed that available help was always about making me read better,’ said Barclay.
‘Very little effort was made to help the people around me understand what it feels like.
The book continues a project Barklay created while at the University of Portsmouth that explores the “struggles a dyslexic person might have while reading.”
As Medical Daily explains, the typography book builds empathy with those who don’t — or can’t — understand how the dyslexic see the written world. “It’s near impossible, for instance, to look at a word in your native tongue and not read it, to just look at the symbols, estranged from their meaning. Once we learn to read, our brains forget what it’s like not to associate symbols with letters. It’s for this reason, Barclay says, that his book is so vital to uplifting and enlarging dyslexia to people worldwide.”
Images: Pages from I Wonder What It’s Like to Be Dyslexic, by Sam Barclay via Kickstarter. Select to embiggen.
Love knows how to form itself. God will do his work if we do ours. Our job is to prepare ourselves for love. When we do, love finds us every time. The ego mind both professes its desire for love and does everything possible to repel it, or if it gets here anyway, to sabotage it. That is why dealing with issues like control, anger, and neediness is the most important work in preparing ourselves for love.
No one is longing to meet a desperate needy, angry, withholding, controlling person. If your beloved is out there they can’t pick up your signals if you’re dwelling in those spaces within yourself. That’s number one.
So many of us have not attended to the deeper issues in ourselves; in our minds, our hearts, and in our external manifestations that keep love at bay. We instead concentrate on making a list of what we’re looking for in another person. We would be better off making a list of the aspects of our own lives that we can either point to as places where we are prepared for love, or point to and recognize as places where we still need work.Marianne Williamson (via mindofataurus)
Then, one by one, the letters turn into grains of sand, and little by little, all my writings are transformed into pages of earth.Mia Couto, from Sleepwalking Land, translated by David Brookshaw (via the-final-sentence)
Trauma is defined as physical injury or wound caused by external forces.
- Fall 38%
- Motor vehicle traffic 29%
- Firearm and cut/pierce 9.2%
- Drowning 0.06%
Mechanisms of injury
- Mechanical or kinetic energy
- Thermal energy
- Chemical energy
- Electrical energy
- Radiant energy
- Oxygen deprivation that is a cause not an agent
GOLDEN HOUR: is a term used in trauma care that refers to the first hour following the initial traumatic injury. Patient survival rates increase with the proper care in the golden house
Trauma deaths that occur during the first 24 hours are often the result of the “lethal triad”
- Acute coagulopathy
This format of assessment is ongoing throughout patient care, ensuring the priorities of assessment and continuous intervention are effective
- Full set of vitals
- Give comfort measures
- History & Head to to assessment
- Inspect posterior surfaces
I had never seen this past ABC!
setting the record straight
Oh look, the media casually blaming underaged girls for their unwilling involvement with adult menReason 18962 why I love her.