a Doctor in
By Susan Sherring
October 16, 2002
Telling a patient who's in agonizing pain that the hip replacement surgery they so desperately want won't take place for several months can be a stressful piece of news for a doctor to deliver.
one of the new realities of being a doctor in
"When you're talking about hip replacement and you're telling them they have to wait, it's hard to say 'no' to them, and I guess it's hard for the patient to then say 'thank you.' It's not always very pleasant."
Goldstein, also an assistant
director at the
this day isn't simply about Smile At Your Doc or Hug Your Physician Day!
Goldstein cautioned doctors aren't trying to send out the wrong message in
having a day of appreciation for themselves.
They're not looking for sympathy and aren't crying the blues. She said
most of them "love" their jobs - and they acknowledge they are generally
well paid. Despite that, being a doctor in
“It was a major merger for us. And like a merger in any big place, to experience that kind of major change, there’s always going to be growing pains,” Goldstein said.
The appreciation day itself was originally the brainchild of Dr. Mamta Gautam, who is also the founding director of the Faculty Wellness Program. “we are happy to work harder and try to do more with less, as long as we end up providing optimal patient care. Lately, this has not always been possible and physician morale seems to be at an all-time low,” said Gautam.
Faculty Wellness Program (FWP) is a working group of the
said doctors today are dealing with a number of new realities, and
decreasing health resources is just one of them. But despite that, she
said many doctors choose to stay here in
you might have to say something is delayed, but there you are saying no to
people who don’t have the money,” she said. "It's really quality of life
and a commitment to universal health care. Universal health care is a very
Canadian idea. I've worked in the
Chiarelli's proclamation is a recognition of the demands being placed on physicians and the variety of roles they play - everything from providing leadership to protecting the public's health system, their work in both medical research and medical education, along with juggling their own roles in their private lives - whether as musicians, artists, parents or children. Goldstein said it's important not just for doctors to be appreciated by those around them, but for doctors to take care of themselves, suggesting they're sometimes the very worst patients.
"Many of them don't even have their own family doctors. Charity starts at home and that's part of what we're trying to get across here. If you don't take care of your self, you can't take care of others."