What Your Doctors Always Promise You (But probably don’t tell you)

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RMC Department of Internal Medicine Residents with their Chairman and Training Officers.

 

As early as medical school, it has always been emphasized to never promise anything to patients –otherwise, we might just be giving them false hopes. For the science of Medicine is never stagnant and ever changing. Its art sometimes more philosophical than logical. And with the advent of modern technology and new discoveries, its practice has never been this sophistically complicated.

 

Medicine has its glorious moments, and it has its gloomy days. We’ve had patients who came in dead, but went home walking. We’ve also had days when we admitted a seemingly well patient accompanied by his wife in the morning, who unfortunately ended up a widow in the afternoon.

 

But no matter what condition your patient has –be it benign or toxic, simple or complicated, rest assured that we are doing everything we can. From the moment the very innocent-looking, young, and vibrant intern gets your medical history and examines you, to the time the tired and famished resident redoes all the things the intern did and makes your admitting orders, to the time your attending physician visits you, it doesn’t stop there. We prepare for each and every patient we see -from the usual late night readings, to the constant case discussions made during our regular conferences, to the daily rounds we do, until the day you are sent home.

 

So no, you will never hear us promise you a good outcome. But to tell you honestly, here’s one thing we, your doctors, always promise to do: that in every patient we see, in every case we encounter, no matter what the outcome is, we will always give you our best. That’s what we are trained to do, and that’s what Medicine is all about.

 

To burn all candles, exhaust all efforts, and explore all possibilites –all for the care and comfort of those who entrusted their lives to us. This is our promise to you. It has always been, and will always be.

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