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Malia Naumchik

I agree with Patel's conclusion that a successful doctor needs development and education in the area of humanities on top of their medical school requirements. Patel majored in philosophy before entering medical school, and believes that experience helped her develop skills other medical students might have struggled with. She states that doctors need to utilize empathy and critical thinking and also become more emotionally and culturally aware. I believe that these qualities are important for doctors because their field of work is rooted in both science and personal relationships. Many doctors enter medical school because they are fascinated with science and the inner workings of the body. Although these doctors might be very knowledgeable, they may be more suited towards working in research. As Patel mentions, doctors experience "physical fatigue, emotional exhaustion, and cognitive weariness." The heavy emotional tolls placed on doctors will break down even the wisest of scientists if they have not become comfortable with opening their hearts and minds through studies in the humanities. Although Patel discussed her personal experience of the benefits of studying humanities, I think her argument would have benefited from examples of the struggles of medical students who had not taken these courses. In her last paragraph, she mentions the "increasing dissatisfaction within the medical profession...". I think that if she had found a way to correlate that statement to real life example, the detrimental effects of not taking humanities classes would be more pronounced.

Cayla Fowler

I agree with Patel, to be a good doctor one must be able to show compassion and empathy.To open her essay Patel began with telling her readers about her own experience with death and how she felt about the subject in doing so she made her argument more persuasive in my own opinion. Her main argument in the article is that students with a humanities background have a greater potential to make better doctors than those students who simply have a science background, when I first read this I was skeptical, but after Patel provided the evidence for her argument I couldn't help but think she had made a good point. Although I understood Patel's argument that students with a humanities background could make better doctors than students with a science background, I still can't help but question her point.

Tiana Rutledge

I believe that Patel understands the importance of compassion as well as having the proper training. It is important and comforting to know that our doctors are diverse and knowledgeable in their field. Patel expresses the importance of
what represents a good doctor. During the early stage of her career she discussed her experience with losing a child patient
which was her first time witnessing death. Her earlier experiences further validates her point on the importance of having a thouhtful and diverse doctor. Patel thoroughly explained when asked what is considered acceptable when you experience the death of a patient. Patel explains that it is just as important to have kind characterstics as well as being proficiently trained. Patel's experience persuaded me when she discussed witnessing death for the first time and feeling just as much pain as the parents.

Brandon Steven

Yes of course! Doctors need to be trained perfectly. This post sounds very useful for medical students. I would like to this shared post with my doctors friends.

Autumn Hall

I agree with everything Patel had to say. To be a good doctor you not only have to have the smarts but you also need to have a good manor when difficult events arise. I think that doctors need to find the perfect balance between compassion and not being to attached to their patients. I know it is important for doctors to know all their facts and anatomy but Patel makes a good point that when becoming a doctor you should take humanities course. This would help students learn in some way how to take better care of a patient.

Hallie Enos

Dr. Patel argues a great point, that doctors shouldn't be just science and facts with patients, they should show emotion with them.Despite knowing the hardships of the emotions with some patients, Dr.Patel still feels strong about her point made. She wants patients to know she cares and is compassionate, but at the same time let them know she is aware of everything medically going on in a more professional stance.As a student in the medical field, this was interesting and helped me think about her point/argument.

Nathan Bailey

Dr. Patel was very persuading and confident in what she is saying. I agree that learning humanities at the early stages of college would be very beneficial. I think it can improve the doctor's interaction with their patients. It would help them to be more compassionate, yet professional in a way that is respectable. This article has opened my eyes to what happens in the medical field and this will help me to gain that patient to medical personnel relationship. Doctors are seeing their patients at their absolute worst and knowing how to property treat them while being compassionate is the perfect care procedure.

Isabella R

I agree and see the benefits of taking a humanities as a major, minor or just taking some classes to help serve yourself and patients when working in hospitals or clinics. I could also see how others could debate on other majors or other paths to help serve and get into the medical field. I really liked your article and it let me see how humanities could help me with my career choice.

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