Medicine has long thought of itself as a pure profession: dispassionate, scientific, and unbiased by external influences, especially messy ones like politics. Medical trainees and practicing physicians are taught not to bring their personal political beliefs into the hospital and to avoid politically charged discussions with patients.
The current (extremely contentious) presidential campaign has made that mandate more important than ever; lately, I’ve found myself at least trying to skirt political discussions with patients and colleagues on an almost daily basis.
Being a doctor is often more about talking to people and communicating than it is about the scientific practice of medicine. This is something that is unfortunately not taught in medical school, and it’s left to newly qualified doct...
In the traditional practice of medicine, the physician is boss, and tells everyone else what to do. But at Loyola University Chicago, medical and nursing students are learning a new model, in which doctors and nurses work as a team.
Most students and residents at one medical school witness the practice in clinical training. They are taught to factor medical liability into patient-care decisions.
“You have to be affable, available, and able,” a senior general internal medicine physician taught me during my final year of residency. “Trust me,” he added, “when you’re in practice, you will love easy consults.” A consult – short...