Nothing we can do
You should start praying"
Nobody wants to hear these words
Patients go to doctors to get thier health back in one way or another
We seek guidance and comfort from health experts
We seek a medical miracle to replace an organ, cut out a tumor, remove a clot, stitch something broken
In most cases it does work out one way or another
But in reality life is not always fair
Medicine does not cure everything
Doctors cannot save everyone
Bad news is the hardest part of medical practice and communicating this to people is by far the hardest test of a doctors character
I know many doctors who are the top of their class, have complete dozen exams but is a complete failure as a human being
That person has not graduated the most important exam in medical school
'Healthcare communication and empathy'
This is the main thing a patient and the family needs at those unfortunate times
We as humans know time is short
But in highly emotional moments we cannot process logic - or respond calmly
In such cases a doctors true skill comes out when they can safely manage the emotional road to understand what happened to the patient - what will happen - & when
But most importantly how to prepare for the next eventual and final event
Modern medical education has failed in teaching these skills before graduation - especially in many Asian countries. That is why most complaints about anti-social and anti-human behaviour occurs towards some doctors.
A lifetime of chasing degrees, writing exams, facing stress, patient abuse and sometimes difficult healthcare policies - can make anyone cold hearted.
It is understandable but should not be tolerated
Doctors need to invest in upgrading their empathic abilities - so as to improve patient communication
A strong sense of humanity is needed to explain to a person such bad news
We cannot heal or overcome this stress if there is no professional helping hand - and nobody is more trustworthy than a honest and compassionate doctor
Under these present days - sometimes its like nobody cares - doctors are corrupt - patients are crazy
But I know there are some really amazing people out there
There are amazing, skilled and caring healthcare providers out there - and i am sure you know them too
Maybe they are family members or someone you know
You should thank them sometimes for their great work,
Giving bad news is a difficult job - but people appreciate it when it is done in the right way
There are courses, there are books out there - I personally enjoyed the guidelines in the USMLE Step 2 CS manuals
After all there is more to life than exams - you should implement that knowledge into the real world while you still can.
I thank you for reading this post
I hope you can share this video to a caring doctor friend to let them know that you appreciate their skills
Dr. Ismail Sayeed
MBBS MMed MSc
Founder & CEO
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