We usually start some of our trainings in #humantools remembering those moments (remote for some) in which we make the decision to dedicate our professional future to health care. We took a decision, ruling out others, probably moved by what, a priori, we consider as characteristics of our professions: principle of service, respect for dignity and compassion among others.
Wrapped in the daily maelstrom, these values sometimes (often) remain in the background and after a while, almost half of the professionals end up rethinking that work decision. In some cases, an erroneous decision is simply identified later, and that is not bad; it’s always time to redirect. But the unfortunate thing is to detect that, loving your profession, many conditions influence that you do not develop your work in a satisfactory way.
And we were in this, when we stumbled upon a publication in The Guardian: Isabel Hanson and Safdar Ahmed summarize in a fantastic way those sensations and some of the motives that propitiate them, from the perspective of Grace, a young doctor.
We asked Isabel and Safdar to lend us their history (because we could not tell it better than them) and just a few minutes later, they sent us (thanks to both for your generosity), to open a reflection on the matter with all of you from this blog.
Without the intention of making spoilers, we reveal the end: “The health system is made by people (like you) and can be changed by people (like you)”
And this is the story of Grace: The story of a first-year doctor and a widower in the hospital.
References and further lectures
1 Brancati F. The Art of Pimping. JAMA. 1989;262(1):89–90.
2 Scott K, Caldwell P, Barnes E, Barrett J. “Teaching by Humiliation” and mistreatment of medical students in clinical rotations: a pilot study. Med J Aust. 2015; 203 (4): 185.
3 The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine. Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018