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Physician's life as a Patient

Physician's life as a Patient

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Published by Faiz Taqiu
Another task from Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) module.
Another task from Introduction to Patient Care (IPC) module.

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Published by: Faiz Taqiu on Dec 17, 2012
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NAME: Mohammad Faiz Taqiyuddin b Mohd NorMATRIC NUMBER: BMD108812DSGD: NO. 1FACILITATOR: DR. Badrul
Physician‟s Life As A Patient
 Before starting to writing this reflective writing task, I would like to give an exactdefinition on what are physician about. A
physician
is a professional who practices medicine,which is concerned with promoting, maintaining or restoring human health through the study,diagnosis, and treatment of disease, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Theymay focus their practice on certain disease categories, types of patients, or methods of treatment
 – 
known as specialist medical practitioners
 – 
or assume responsibility for theprovision of continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals, families, andcommunities
 – 
known as general practitioners.Medical practice properly requires both adetailed knowledge of the academic diciplines (such as anatomy and physiology) underlyingdiseases and their treatment
 – 
the
science
of medicine
 – 
and also a decent competence in itsapplied practice
 – 
the art or
craft 
of medicine.It's easy to imagine that doctors don't get sick. Surely the hygienic shield of the sterilewhite coat guards them from ever having to put on the flapping gown and flimsy bracelet,climb meekly into the crisp bed and be at the mercy of the U.S. health-care system. And if somehow they did enter the hospital as a patient, physicians ought to have every advantage:an insider's knowledge, access to top specialists, built-in second opinions, no waiting, noinsane bureaucratic battles and no loss of identity or dignity when you turn into the "bilateralmastectomy in Room 402." But it doesn't usually work that way. While doctors are often in abetter position than most of us to spot the hazards in the hospital and the holes in their care,they can't necessarily fix them. They can't even avoid them when they become patientsthemselves.Therefore, my group and I have met Dr. Badrul to ask about his experience as a patient.We conducted the interview on 30 November 2012 at 10 a.m. We have asked him manyquestion regarding his experience such as his reaction after he got sick, his feeling when thediagnosis being conducted, his interaction with attending physician and health care personnelin hospital, and lessons he get after became a patient. One thing that I like about Dr. Badrulthat he is a very easy-going person. He look very young despite of his age.The first question that we asked him is to provide details surrounding his or his family
member‟s illness and hospitalization. Hence, he told us that he once had been suspected with
lump carcinoma on 1999. As he work at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM),obviously he will conducted his diagnosis regarding the disease there. Type of treatment thathe undergo is radioactive iodine ablation. After the getting a laboratory result, his doctorclarify his disease which is lump carcinoma.
 
Moving on next question, we ask him about his reaction upon diagnosis of his illness.During that moment, despite he cannot accepted the fact that he going to undergo a surgery,because previously he is the one who treat the patient and do the surgery but that dayeverything changed, but he said that there is no point in depressed. Because we as aphysician, our reaction are not supposed to be as normal person, because we already what thedisease are and how we can manage to handle it. Therefore, we suppose to be calmer and bemore professional in handling our disease. He also asked one of our team members to searchon Google how much time applied for depression. And the answer is none! It is the matter of mind-set only. So, in order to become a successful physician, we have to set a positive mindset. Worrying is similarly sitting on rocking chair. We make many movement, bi=ut with noprogress.Then, we asked him regarding interaction with attending physician and also to other healthcare personnel. He did not interfere when the physician who treated him. According to him,guidelines are guidelines. They must be obeyed and are not meant to be broken. So, althoughwe have already be even manager in a particular Hospital, when we are treated by anotherphysician, we have to obey every single their order. If not, just go and treat ourselves if wethink that other people opinion not as good as our opinion. He stated that physician is thehardest patient because they know everything, hence they tend to condemn everything thatother people said. It somehow related to their ego. So, the solution is, act professionally. Butsometime, minor modification is allowed. For example, if our attending physician ask us to
eat medication on 5 o‟clock, but according to our knowledge, eating that pa
rticular drug is
 best at 6 o‟clock, then we can make small alteration in the schedule. We also must take note
on our body posture and body movement as 90% of the communication is consist of non-verbal communication. Only 10% of our speech is a verbal communication. So, we mightspeak thing that not hurtful to other, but our action is.Doctor Badrul told us that he receive a VIP treatment in that hospital, maybe because he isalso a doctor so all the medical staff did their best to take a very good care for him during therehab process. After he fully recovered from his disease, he just realise that being a doctordoes not mean you will not become a patient because everyone can get sick even a doctorbecause human are not vulnerable. Before this he just address his patient according to theirdisease instead of their own name but now he realize that what he did was wrong because as adoctor he need to be more connected with his patient.Regarding his overall experience as a patient, he said that he become so sensitive. Maybebecause his sense had enhanced. He can even hear a drop of water over miles away. Oneother thing, at that time, he realized that his ego had been busted. We often hear that people
don‟t think that the doctor will fall sick. They don‟t even realized that doctor is also human
being. Then, another point that he give to us is, when we are at mercy of other party, weactually do hope for the best from them. Similarly for person who we are treat, we must do
the same thing that we expect from others. His motto is “No patient should be in pain”. So, he
practiced over and over on his medical skill so that his technique will cause very small painor no pain at all on patient.Then we asked him about the lessons he learnt from being a patient. He told us that as adoctor, we should always treat a patient like our own family. It is actually painful to see thepatient's family crying. When he experienced delivering baby for the first time years ago, he
 
felt so touched .To him, it was not yucky to see the blood coming out from the deliveringprocess, but he had a soft spots when he saw a mother was crying to see her baby for the firsttime. After his mom's recent disease, he learnt that human is so small, and there is a powerwhich is bigger than human's, which belongs to God..He learnt that "live and death" matter isin God's hand, not human's. Last but not least, we asked him about the ways his experienceaffects the care he gave to his patients. He is so caring towards his patients. To him, patientcomes first then money. He just want to help and treat the patient until he or she fullyrecovers. That's why many of his neighbour and friends always seek help from him. He toldus that to become a great doctor, we should always prioritized our patients than other things.After, watching a video of Dr. Richard Teo: thought of life, wealth, success and happiness,I gain a lot of moral value from his story. Who is Dr Richard Teo? Well, he's a medicaldoctor from Singapore that's recently diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. In his life, he hadachieved everything. Fame,fortune and wisdom. In his final moments, he speaks from hisheart about life, happiness, and regrets. As medical students, we have much more to learn
from Dr. Teo‟s life story. We will soon be doctors, professionals in a field unlike any other.A doctor doesn‟t really dispense services the same way a mechanic fixes cars or an engineer 
builds a skyscraper. True enough, money changes hands in medicine, and sometimes the
money can be substantial. However, there‟s no denying that medicine represents an art and a
field more complex and profound than just a lucrative job. Perhaps Dr. Teo, at the pinnacle of his career, saw himself as a glorified beautician, servicing the human need to appearattractive and defy the onset of decay and degradation. But no doubt at the beginning of hismedical education, and most probably upon being struck by the worst of bad news, hethought of his calling as being something else entirely.To be a doctor is to submit to a higher plane of conduct, competence, and professionalism.Medicine deals with the most fundamental of human needs, the only commodity side fromtime and life itself with which we trade for other, lesser things like money and influence.Medicine deals with health. It deals with the human body, complex and sometimes confusing,springing new surprises that may not always be pleasant. Almost seven billion human bodiespopulate the earth, and every single one of them at some point will require a doctor. Notevery one of them gets access to one. To this day, no one has yet died from a lack of accountants or finance managers. To be a doctor, then, is to submit totally and unreservedlyto doing everything humanly possible and then some to alleviate pain, and bring relief andhealth to as many people as possible, most of the time at great personal cost. Small wonderthen, that so much is expected of us as medical students, even before we begin our career. Weare held to a code of ethics and professionalism to which we commit our conduct andbehaviour for thirty, forty, fifty years. People think much of us, and expect much more inreturn; the rising popularity of malpractice suits and litigation bear testimony to the gravitas
of medicine in today‟s society, and the expectations that come with it.
Dr. Teo testified that his reason was to gain prestige and financial security. To an extent,he succeeded. And by his testimony, none of it was worth it. Only too late did he discover histrue calling: to help others in want. The genuine joy and purpose he gained in renderingcompassion to those who needed it desperately was only tempered by the regret that he hadspent the b
ulk of his years chasing after an entirely different agenda. „True joy comes fromhelping others in hardship,‟ he had said. „When you start to build up wealth and when theopportunity comes, do remember that all these things do not belong to us.‟ In pursui
t of material wealth and fast cars, it is sobering to remember that the last car you will ride is ahearse.

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