The only religion that my patients see me practice is medicine


The only religion that my patients see me practice is medicine

Dr. Jennifer Gunter’s article on the KevinMD website does a very good job of clarifying some of the boundary issues physicians face when it comes to various religious beliefs.

The notion that physicians should be restrained from discussing the full array of treatment options with patients because of the religion beliefs of someone not even in the room is ludicrous. This is censorship.

Physicians should be able to provide patients with the whole array of treatment choices and let the patient make the decision based upon the patient’s religion.

Some young HR person once looked at my CV and asked me, quite seriously, if I had really done everything I had listed there. Well, yes. Because I am someone who can't sit in a Morris Miller cubicle every day, much less for any great stretch of time. Once the problem is solved, I get bored and I'm ready to move on to the next challenge. This hasn't afforded me any great stability in my work life. I simply arrive in places about ten years ahead of time. So far, at least, that penchant for early arrival hasn't been accompanied with a pocketbook full of door knobs.

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