Relationships make us human, and medicine is an art that cannot be practiced alone. Fostering therapeutic relationships with patients and colleagues allows me to provide better care, make it through difficult days, and truly love what I do.
To me, practicing humanism in medicine means accepting that both you and your patients have flaws, hopes, dreams, and fears. Remembering these commonalities makes it easier for me to practice empathy and deliver compassionate care.
To me, humanism in medicine means listening to a patient’s story in order to understand the essence of their hardships. No matter how ill a patient may be, I know that I am of much better assistance to them when I open my ears and my heart; letting the patient know that I am there to provide comfort in their time of need.
Love thy neighbor as thyself”;
Humanism is accepting this civic responsibility and reminding others
to never forget it.
Humanism means treating patients with respect and dignity by identifying our own personal biases and setting them aside in order to listen to their stories with an open mind and heart. It also means treating patients with compassion by seeing them as more than just a set of symptoms and seeking to meet their goals through shared decision making.