I think there are many things you could call me. You could call me stubborn. You could call me opinionated. You could even call me anxious -- when I am anxious. Just don't let that be the benchmark for my health care, or a convenient thing to write when you can't find anything else wrong, or are so intent on not listening to me that you can't hear me.
The older we get, the more likely it is we need doctors. Finding the best physician, or other healthcare provider, can become a challenge no matter what your age. It's particularly challenging for midlifers and beyond, however. You may be older than your healthcare provider, have more complex medical issues, or be used to a model of care that is no longer followed today.
GPS FOR THE SOUL
As medical educators, the most important message that we can send to our students is this: "Keep the patient at the center of everything you do." Patients visit doctors seeking help and hope. They are looking for guidance during difficult times, and they need to be treated with compassion and sensitivity.
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