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Where are your (bedside) manners?

This exploded in my Facebook network two days ago. Doctors and nurses were furiously sharing it with angry comments.

Are resident doctors really doctors? http://mindanaotimes.net/loud-whispers-are-resident-doctors-really-doctors/

I wanted to finish writing this blog post yesterday but I had to collect myself first and calm down. The author of this now viral newspaper article, is talking about THE government hospital where I trained as a resident in internal medicine. My internal medicine residency is unique in that I spent ten months in the emergency room (ER) as part of the transition batch where the ER rotation was transferred to second year residency. Thus, I rotated at the ER twice – as a first year and second year resident. I am very familiar with the setting of the story. Read More »Where are your (bedside) manners?

Why does self-diagnosis annoy doctors?

This picture has circulated in my Facebook feed since last month. It didn’t feel right but I decided not to say anything as I saw some colleagues sharing it. I was wary of offending someone. However, there was one post in particular recently where I simply could not in good conscience keep quiet. And I said –

I am a physician and I find this picture offensive.

So what happened? The person who posted the picture deleted my reply! That’s what made me decide to write this blog post.Read More »Why does self-diagnosis annoy doctors?