Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Different Reality

Mayo Clinic educates some good doctors. However, they spend years in a small Midwest town without diversity. That is a problem, most of them have no idea of how diverse populations and low socioeconomic people live or struggle to get healthcare and pay bills. There are some who come from larger metropolitan areas, but many only know this demographic of people. You also listening to them talk and you realize most of the medical student are still kids and act like kids. They came straight out of high school, went to college and right into medical school. So far their biggest struggle in life has been studying. Many come from well-to-do families with parents who sheltered them, and protected them from the  struggles of the world. Their reality is so different from mine.


A Doc 2 Be said...


Estelle said...

That is awful. I know what you mean. We have several MDs at my hospital like that. They label the patients as "non-compliant" when you literally have no way of getting to and from doctor appointments, dialysis, or having to choose between paying bills that month or getting their blood pressure medication from the pharmacy.
They have no idea what it is like on the other side of the stethoscope.