Imagine waking tomorrow to find a magic lamp by your bed, and the genie tells you that there is only one wish left. You decide to devote it to making good doctors. What kind of people would these good doctors be?
We ask this question often among ourselves, a doctor embarking on his career, an active researcher approaching his peak, and a retired clinician needing geriatric care. We all want doctors who will:
- Respect people regardless of who they are.
- Support patients and their loved ones when and where they are needed.
- Promote health as well as treat disease.
- Embrace the power of information and communication technologies to support people with the best available information, while respecting their individual values and preferences.
- Always ask courteous questions, let people talk, and listen to them carefully.
- Give unbiased advice, let people participate actively in all decisions related to their health and health care, assess each situation carefully, and help whatever the situation.
- Use evidence as a tool, not as a determinant of practice; humbly accept death as an important part of life; and help people make the best possible arrangements when death is close.
- Work cooperatively with other members of the healthcare team.
- Be proactive advocates for their patients, mentors for other health professionals, and ready to learn from others, regardless of their age, role, or status.
Finally, we want doctors to have a balanced life and to care for themselves and their families as well as for others. In sum, we want doctors to be happy and healthy, caring and competent, and good travel companions for people through the journey we call life.
Unfortunately, we do not have a magic lamp, and there is no genie. We must use our own skills and endeavours to make the good doctors we want and need. It is an awesome responsibility, and this is our goal at MK Medical Center to create such amazing Doctor.