No one would imagine hearing about med students and doctors being hypocrites. However, the hypocrisy in the spotlight is not the typical hypocrisy we are talking about; this one is different. The factors leading to their hypocrisy are as under:
Suppose anyone is sitting in a routine visit to the doctor; they are bound to hear the following questions that are commonly asked and are annoying too:
- Do you smoke?
- Do you drink alcohol? If so, which ones and how much?
- What do you commonly eat in your diet?
- How much time do you exercise in a day or a week?
These are questions med students and grads are trained to ask as early as the first week of medical school. They are taught to treat not just the conditions a patient presents with, but also inquire about their overall health and instruct them on ways for improving it.
Addressing negative social habits can harm a patient’s health, and it is a recurring theme in medical school
A physician in Idaho who graduated from a well-recognized St Kitts and Nevis-based Caribbean medical school revealed that they learned to recognize drug addiction and drug-seeking behaviour early on.
They also learned to determine at the same time whether or not if their patients were alcoholics and often looked for effective techniques to help counsel people on healthier diets.
As much as the future doctors understand what good health means and how it can be attained, med students often wonder how closely they would follow their advice.
Medical students work quite hard; studying for countless hours to prepare for difficult exams. They often spend long days in hospitals without pay. With such an amount of dedication, certain things are almost automatically erased from their lives.
Sleep deprivation is something med students suffer from badly. A lot of students reveal that this gets worse when they reach & start residency.
Though medicine has made great strides in improving the health of residents, providing them with limitations in work hours and the days of residents sleeping in the hospital are now behind, the amount of work needed still leaves many constantly tired.
Doctors counsel their patients to have good sleep hygiene. They often attribute lack of sleep to problems like mood, concentration, and general quality of life.
But what about med students? They often set themselves up for failures in these areas by not sleeping on time and sleeping less too.
Non-compliance of physicians
Lack of sleep raises the amount of stress medical students put on themselves (their minds and bodies). They do the same as physicians.
Let’s face the truth:
Medical school is tough and stressful, beyond anybody’s limits. This is a point that does not need any clarification.
Passing exams, getting top-notch hon-ours on clerkships, and resting all of their hopes on a handful of board exams is a pressure nobody can ever be able to enjoy. Nobody enjoys pressure and everyone knows that.
The stresses that come along with a career in medicine are certainly matched in other fields. However, most other professionals do not spend their days advising their patients to avoid stress.
Is this ironic?
It is. Effects of stress are seen by physicians on people. Dissolution of relationships, family strife, and depression to name a few.
Physicians will tell their patients to go easy on themselves. But they will trouble either their work or personal life. Med students and graduates often fall in the pothole they ask others to avoid. They never give themselves the same luxury.
Physicians hardly ever follow their advice they give to their patients
Let’s think about it: physicians always burden themselves in one way or the other. Long hours, a lot of student debt, and low salaries, in the beginning, prevent them from obtaining the needed health services.
A lot of med students often reach hospitals at 7 AM during their clinical science and clerkship years. They often eat junk food as they lack the time to prepare some good meals for themselves.
Lack of exercise
Makes them lazy and prone to illnesses. Fortunately, most med students do their best to avoid such pitfalls.