- Aug 2016
Our relationship is much more like that of doctor and patient. My only obligation: to tell you what you need to hear (not what you want to hear) and to do what I think is best (not what you think is best).
As a patient with chronic illness, who sees a lot of doctors, this statement troubles me.
Many of us feel that doctors are obligated to do more than "tell us what we need to hear" and CERTAINLY are obligated to do more than they think is best. If I did not negotiate my relationship with doctors, if I did not push back and advocate for myself, I would not have any quality of life. I would be missing organs, and I would not have correct diagnoses.
My doctors are not above critique, above feedback, and above working with me to find the best solution. And neither are professors above working with their students.