To me humanism in medicine prioritizes the dignity and value of every human being, and recognizes that each patient must be treated as a unique individual whose circumstances, perspectives, and needs factor heavily in their ability to maintain their health and wellness. Practicing humanism in medicine means understanding that the needs of the body and the needs of the soul are intimately intertwined and both meaningfully contribute to overall patient wellness.
Humanism in medicine is about kindness and bringing empathy into our hardest days.
Humanism in medicine means to treat each person we encounter as a human being, instead of patients with diseases. It also means to care for each patient to the best of our ability despite their gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, religious beliefs, and any crimes they might have committed.
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.