Physician’s advice to other doctors: Love your patients (w/VIDEO)

January 17, 2014 | by

Just like the many people who make New Year's resolutions to get fit, become financially sound and do more worthwhile activities, physicians have their own aspirations for the new year. This might include doing more research to improve treatments, maintaining a healthy work-life balance or, obviously, striving to provide better care for their patients.

Cy Stein of City of Hope

Cy Stein's advice to doctors: Don't compromise your standards, love your patients and foster intellectual curiosity

To help doctors do just that, Cy Stein, M.D., Ph.D., Arthur & Rosalie Kaplan Chair in Medical Oncology at City of Hope, recently shared some advice and lessons he has learned over his career.

Here are some highlights from the interview with MedPageToday:

What is the most important piece of advice for med students or doctors just starting out today?

Love your patients as yourself, be intellectually honest to a fault, don't compromise your standards, and don't let your life be directed only by money.

What is your "elevator" pitch to persuade someone to pursue a career in medicine?

The relief of human suffering and anxiety may be the most satisfying long-term thing a human being can do.

What is your advice to other physicians on how to avoid burnout?

Have a passion outside of medicine. Don't be a workaholic, and don't take your work home with you. Rest your brain by doing something else you love doing. And when dealing with patients, never think about yourself. It's only about the patient. It's amazing how refreshing that thought can be.

Although the U.S. health care system can be frustrating for doctors, Stein told MedPageToday that practicing medicine is still rewarding because of the "true appreciation you receive when patients know they are in good hands and you have helped them."

The full article, along with video, is available here.