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OUTSIDE THE PULPIT: Doctors should be humble


Reverend Errington Massiah

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Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant; being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross. – Philippians 2:6 to 8.
Dr Carlos Chase, president of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP), recently addressed the 32 young doctors who were the first set of interns to graduate from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus, which was very relevant to today’s world.
Dr Chase dealt with humility, which is too often forgotten when people think they have arrived.
“After graduation, after the realization of your accomplishment sinks in, one gets a sense of self-worth and arrogance creeps in. The God syndrome arrives, where one thinks that one can cure any illness and that you are the best doctor on the planet since Marcus Welby MD . . . then the bubble bursts and reality sets in.
“We all go through this phase and the severity of the bubble varies – but if you remain humble, then the effects are not as bad as they could be.” He also spoke about the importance of cooperation.
“Doctors who go through rotations and work as teams have a far better and more wholesome experience that those who stay isolated and aloof. Cooperation is the key to a successful medical career.” Dr Chase encouraged the young interns to join BAMP.
“This is just a snippet of what BAMP has to offer and I invite all of you who joined as students to upgrade to full membership by signing the wage deduction slip, of course, and those of you who have not joined, I urge you to join the noblest – not oldest, but noblest – profession in the world.!”

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