Doctor's Diaries Analysis

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One scene from the documentary, “Doctor’s Diaries,” that demonstrates the role of medical schools and hospitals in the socialization of physicians was one of the first scenes where Jay Bonnar got to see a patient for the first time. In the beginning of this documentary, Jay Bonnar is introduced as a psychiatrist. When the documentary gets to the part where he is sitting down with the female African American patient, Jay was extremely hesitant since that was the first patient he got to see. He even stated, “I don’t know a heck of a lot now inter-clinically, about what to do and when to do it.” He also said that, “the patient treated him more or less like a doctor but you are going to fumble and are going to be hesitant. You’re sort of afraid …show more content…
Jane saw a male patient who was diagnosed with AIDS. The following scene after that shows this part where she’s sitting down with an older male patient who is about to undergo surgery. The patient was really worried about having this surgery since he has never had surgery before. Jane was really caring and sweet towards the patient. She told him that after the surgery, he would feel much better and won’t have to take medications anymore. In the operating room, the patient was undergoing the necessary surgery. Unfortunately, the patient didn’t survive. Jane felt horrible and mentioned to the other doctors that she was bad luck. She constantly kept blaming herself for the death of the patient. Then, Jane had an emotional breakdown. Another doctor tried to calm her down by explaining to her that things like this happen within the medical field but nobody should feel guilty or blame themselves if something did happen to go wrong. Also, the other doctor told Jane that it could’ve been a lot worse for the patient, where he could’ve had a stroke from the aorta (for example). The socialization of physician that Jane Liebschutz’s experience relates to would be emotion management. Doctors should definitely maintain their empathy in patient care to a certain extent. Yes, doctors should definitely show that …show more content…
Compassion: Doctors/physicians are not robots. They aren’t just there to perform surgeries for their patients. They need to maintain their empathy in patient care to a certain extent, however, should definitely have heart and show how much they truly care about their patients. I say this because patients respond a lot better to physicians who take pride in their work (patients). This could include little things like making small talk with a patient and having a smile on your face when a patient is sitting in your office. Nobody likes a miserable doctor/physician who looks like they don’t even want to be there or rushing the patient to get out. Jane Liebschutz showed empathy to all her patients, especially the male patient who didn’t survive after his surgery. She showed a little too much empathy there but I’m confident to say that by now, she most likely learned how to maintain her empathetic reactions. Knowledge: It is expected for physicians to stay on top of medical behaviors, conditions and terminologies. They need to be able to recall such things when a patient is sitting right in their office. No patient is going to want a physician who has to go on WebMD to look up whatever it is that the patient presents them

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