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.
Humanism in medicine means advocating for my patients and working together to reach their goals.
Humanism in medicine, to me, means seeing yourself in patients and colleagues. That is, understanding each individual as a person with as complex ideas, narratives, and emotions as your own.