Creating Waves of Awareness
Homeopathic education and Medical ethics
Today I had the opportunity of watching a Pakistani TV show, “Aghaz e Safar” a similar show in India is compared by Bollywood film super star Amir Khan titled, “Satyamev Jayate.” Both of these shows highlight the society's failure in many aspects of life around us and tries to guide us by creating awareness and how we can make corrections. One subject that needs our attention is "Medical Ethics."
What we all know and understand comes from the Hippocratic Oath that all doctors, conventional and Homeopathic take on completion of their medical education. But, in our modern day world there is lot to learn under medical ethics as a subject. Without this, in my opinion, we are not ready to face the day-to-day challenge that one may face on a regular basis in a hospital environment, and even in one's private practice, especially if we are members of the Homeopathic community.
The show I saw was the third episode and dealt with the malpractices and negligence in hospitals. The pertinent point that was raised was the lack of sensitivity towards the treatment and management of patients who come for emergency treatment and become the subject of negligence in the form of wrong medication, wrong surgical procedure, or just plain lack of hygiene resulting in various illnesses, even death.
Personal Stories Makes The Point
Its not my intention to rehash all the many medical stories presented. I will just say, each person's story had serious consequences due to lack of ethics and malpractice against the patient. In the end, their loved ones had to undergo lifelong suffering.
Ethics In Medical Schools
I want to highlight that the subject of medical ethics is not a part of the syllabus in Pakistan medical colleges. I am not aware of whether colleges in India have ethics as a standard subject, either in the conventional medical college or any Homeopathic medical colleges. SIUT is the only institute that conducts classes for Medical Doctors in Karachi. This is to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Personal Experience and Many Questions
In my time we were given some knowledge of “medical jurisprudence,” half halfheartedly with not much emphasis on the subject. Many question arise out of this subject.
There could be hundred of scenarios, which raises the question, are we as a homeopath qualified and equipped with knowledge to deal with such conditions?
I ask the community of Homeopaths to look into this aspect of Homeopathic education and share their views. As time passes, we as homeopaths especially the future generation will be facing such situation and we need to be prepared with knowledge and tools to deal with these situations.
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