Sometimes we treat patients. Sometimes we are the patients. Sometimes we have to sit on the side while our loved ones are the patients. This picture is from the Summer, when my little brother went to the ambulatory surgery department to have a cyst removed. He came out of the OR and was laughing when we saw him, talking about missing our younger brother and wishing he was there with him. It should be noted that he would never have said that under normal circumstances, so I️ made lots of videos of him in this sedated state!
As a medical student, I’ve been on the other side of things as well. I’ve been volunteering at the hospital since high school, worked at an internal medicine clinic, and rotated with a surgeon and a psychiatrist. I’ve seen both polite patients and the overly rude patients. I’ve also seen the patient doctors (no pun intended) and nurses as well as those who yell right back at the patient. As medical professionals we must always look composed. And this is not always easy. But it helps if you imagine that the patient in front of you could have been your family member.
No matter how stressful the situation or how rude the patient, always present yourself in a compassionate manner and alway give respect. Imagine how you would like to be treated if the tables were turned and you were in the patient’s position, and that should make giving respect a whole lot easier.