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.
Humanism in medicine is taking the time to learn each patients story and approaching every encounter with empathy and compassion. It’s going above and beyond to make sure patients know they’re not alone in whatever they may be facing.
Treating others with the Ghanaian cultural values instilled in me, such as compassion, respect, and empathy to better serve the community at large, especially patients.
Humanism defines the core of our wellbeing; it is what enables us to love, empathize, and be vulnerable in the face of uncertainty. As medical providers, our role is not simply to “treat the patient” – rather, it is to aid the whole person in the most humanistic way possible.
Humanism is a promise to embody generosity, gratitude, and humility with both our peers and our patients.