What can you learn from volunteering with disabled/elderly people?Watch
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Title says it all but basically, what kind of things can you learn from volunteering with disabled people or elderly people at a care home which could be useful for medicine?
I was thinking of taking a gap year and doing more voluntary work but I'm not sure if it would be worth it and what skills I'd be able to gain which are relevant for medicine
It may not be in this particular circumstance or format, but those professions engage with people at their sickest, and most vulnerable, and it's important not only to treat them and try to help them improve (or provide palliative care if that's not a possibility) but to understand the need to help them get better or even just live and thrive, regardless of their circumstances in such a way that preserves their mental wellbeing as well as physical. It's also important to develop listening and empathy skills so you treat people as individuals and understand that not every presentation will be the same and avoid those unfortunate but not uncommon circumstances where due to some part of your patients life or history (being fat, being trans, being a woman, being disabled, etc, etc.) you assume their problems are one thing related to that and overlook something that is unrelated to these potential biases.