For me, humanism is the practice of caring for the whole person. It means taking into consideration an individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and their social needs in order to provide them well-rounded care.
To me, humanism in medicine means coming to know our patients beyond their clinical diagnoses, so that we can build a relationship of trust as we walk with them and their families through the duration of their illnesses and beyond.
Stepping into another person’s shoes and really thinking about the effect that conversations, treatments, and news can have on the listener is the most powerful skill I believe a healthcare provider can have. I feel that true empathy comes from understanding the patient’s perspective, and this is the most important aspect of humanism in medicine, to me.
Humanism in medicine to me is a certain outlook regarding medicine that centers its values around the patient as an individual, instead of a disease, and beyond the scope of their medical diagnosis.
There’s a beauty in nurturing meaningful and trusting relationships with your patients and their families that’s as rewarding as the art of medicine itself.