This is the second episode of “Lessons Hard Learned”. This one is a little different. When I put out the call for readers to tell how they have learned valuable lessons from their practice the hard way I got a lot of responses.
One letter was really powerful – because it was from a doctor who was telling the story from the other side.
I believe this is a truly profound lesson, one we all need to remember everyday of our careers. We, doctors, occupy a privileged position in society – and it is very easy to forget the impact our words and actions can have upon those we care for.
This is a lesson in mindfulness, empathy and compassion. I think that the letter speaks for itself – so have a listen.
I would really appreciate your comments and discussion of this story. And I know that the author would like to engage in this discussion – so please let me know your feelings and share with us all your insights into this most fundamental part of our day to day practice.
I am a GP working in Broome, NW of Western Australia. I work as a hospital DMO (District Med Officer) doing Emergency, Anaesthestics, some Obstetrics and a lot of miscellaneous primary care. Also on the web as @broomedocs | + Casey Parker | Contact