“I Am the Professor of Myself”: How Our Patients and Their Loved Ones Become Our Teachers and Models
As health care professionals, we commit ourselves to lifelong learning. In that quest, wise professionals know that our patients and their loved ones become our most important teachers.
In no uncertain terms my new patient, who also was a long-standing friend, challenged me and put me in my place as I continually urged her to change her previous antihypertensive medicines that just weren’t working. Finally closing the discussion as she declined to make a change, she said, “Larry, I am the professor of myself.”