USC School of Medicine - Asklepiad Yearbook (Los Angeles, CA)

 - Class of 1961

Page 16 of 92

 

USC School of Medicine - Asklepiad Yearbook (Los Angeles, CA) online yearbook collection, 1961 Edition, Page 16
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.#• To open this annual and realize the implications must be a thrill for each of the Seniors. It sym- bolizes a great experience, the recollections of which will move him even more in later years. Looking past the near future, prescient contemplation of the new era ahead becomes a matter of your primary interest. We who constitute the medical profession will look at your new Asclepiads with interest; you will try to perceive the proximate working conditions that we hove provided for you. Also, you will be much interested in the changes that are being hearalded, and you will try to envisage the forces at work. In the coming decades the responsibility of the physician will remain the same as it is today. Our mission is to make available to all patients the benefits of all scientific knowledge that may be of help in preserving or regaining health. In these matters our profession proudly views its achievements, and humbly recognizes the vast extent of that which is unknown. It is the socio-economic milieu of the physician ' s future that seems to be in a ferment and occupies the interest of our society at the pres- ent. Some of our examiners are obviously calumnious; most of them are wholesome and sincere. Men who are just graduating from medical school represent an intriguing facet to the foregoing matter. They have been produced by the people of our nation and educated by our Universities. The physicians of our country are therefore produced by this combination, and not by the American Medi- cal Association. If we have qualitative inadequacies, it is clear where the major part of the responsi- bility lies. Now is a propitious time for each of you to pause for self-appraisal and to clearly define the principles that you must now follow in the care of your patients. To steadfastly stand by your principles you will need to muster much courage. The fascination of medical science and practice will free you from envying all others, and wholesome success will fill you with pride as a member of our profession. When the new Doctor of Medicine looks ahead, and tries to identify future problems there comes the realization that he delineate most of the important ones. Inventory of his own potential will establish that his assets are measured by his thinking capacity, for his career is to be an intellectual one. Knowl- edge and experience will give judgment. His professional capital will be his time, and this will be easy to squander. Five minutes wasted with each of twenty patients seen in one day will cost the physician two hours. Two hours spent in daily study will determine the difference between mediocrity and pro- fessional distinction. Therefore, he must demand of himself the execration of every activtiy which is not clearly purposeful. High excellence in those judgments will not be achieved if the temporal equa- tions produce inadequate allowances for his wife and family. If the conservation of time is to be a canon for himself, the physician must conscientiously apply the same rule to the time of his patients. There are other well identified shortcomings that are much abhored by patients. Dourness and lack of personal interest may be compatible with very " scientific " practice but the presence of either is pro- foundly destructive of patient-physician rapport. The patient ' s need for sincere personal interest and service by the physician is also the most fundamental consideration by which the private practice of medicine can be defended against replacement by welfaristic collectivism. One common shibboleth of in- adequate personal service is unavailability, which also happens to be a feature of all systems of regi- mentation. Unavailability ranks with fiscal unfairness as a just cause of patient dissatisfaction. Matters such as the foregoing represent the areas in which our patients find cause to criticize us. Society is gratified with and proud of our scientific achievements. In consonance with this latter fact is the recognition by all practitioners that there is no higher distinction than that accorded to those investigators who contribute significant new knowledge. Clarence J. Berne, M.D. Professor of Surgery

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