Oncologist Dr. Peter Yu Shares His Philosophy of Care
Posted on Dec 15, 2011 | 0 comments
I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t want to be a doctor. When I graduated from nursery school at age five, on my old my diploma, which I still have, it says “I want to be a doctor.” So it’s up there with all my other diplomas.
I think it starts by recognizing that every patient is different. Every patient brings something to their situation that you have to understand – it’s not not just the disease, it’s really that person’s values, that person’s experiences, their perception.
I think back to when I was in medical school, one of the senior physicians sat down with four or five medical students and told us, “At, the end of the day when you leave the room with a patient, that patient should feel better because you were there.”
It doesn’t mean that you necessarily did something miraculous or cured them, or found an answer that everybody else missed; it could just be listening. It could just be sitting there and soaking it in and listening to the patient and communicating that you care.