Patient Care Philosophy

Written by Dr Jill Tomlinson on .

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I became a doctor to help people. I believe that people have the right to be heard, the right to choose, and the right to participate in decisions about their health and wellbeing.

I believe that a surgeon’s role includes that of educating patients, so that they can be informed about their condition and able to play an active role in their treatment and recovery. I believe that a surgeon should communicate with her patients in plain language, and that no matter how technical something is a surgeon should be able to explain it in language that can be understood by an interested person. I believe that patients who do not speak English as a first language have a right to thorough explanations that are provided in a language or manner that they can understand.

I believe that a surgeon's role is to treat every patient with the same care and attention to detail that she would take with her own family members or friends. I believe that a smile goes a long way. I believe that not everything is perfect or can be made perfect, but that we should always strive to find ways to improve.

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