#Repost @pagingdrhanz (@get_repost)
Disclosure: most patients don’t know when it's a medical student seeing them vs. a doctor, even though I introduce myself as “med student” everytime.
Today as I was examining a patient, I accidentally knocked over his cup of ice (of course, clumsy me). I immediately bent down to clean up the mess that I made. The patient quickly stopped me and he said “I have never seen a doc do that. You don’t have to do that.”.
“No its okay, I want to. I made the mess, I’ll clean it up.”
He got up out of his bed and signaled to me: “You didn’t go through all this training to pick up cups of ice on the floor sweetie, let someone else take care of that”. He told me to stop.
And immediately a sense of humility mixed with an unusual sense of pride overcame me. This is how others perceive me? Someone who is not even complete with her training is set at a bar that is “higher” than those who pick up cups off the floor? Those who do that are no different than me, but for some reason, this patient’s perspective put me at a pedestal.
And it immediately overcame me that it is my job to live up to that pedestal, to live up to those standards, and to provide care that will help me gain what I have always wanted to give to patients: respect.
You work this hard to get here, to realize why you’re here in the first place. They think you know what you’re doing, so you better know what you’re doing. We are all the same.
Be the doctor that picks up cups off the floor. It’s not anyone else’s job more than it is yours.