In these uncertain times, I think it is important now more than ever that we really consider who we look to for medical knowledge—trusted, reliable medical knowledge should always be at the front of our minds when we’re talking health. After all, we have one life to live, so why not live a healthy and happy one?
In support of Global Medical Knowledge Awareness Day on October 15th, I wanted to share a personal story from rotations back in medical school and some tips on how we as medical professionals can do our part to share reliable and trusted information!
I remember starting medical school my first year and walking into a physician’s office that I always looked up to—she had a Merck Manuals book, Netter’s Anatomy, Guyton & Hall Medical Physiology, and many other staples that are tried and true in the field of medicine. It got me thinking—I will always strive to provide the highest and safest evidence-based quality of care to my patients.
Fast forward to my third year of medical school and more times than not, I was tasked with explaining to families a particular diagnosis and/or treatment information in a way that they can understand so together, they can lead healthier and happy lives. That level of trust someone has for you should never be taken lightly.
On that note, it’s scary to think about all of the medical misinformation that can be found on the internet. Many times, my patients or their families come in self-diagnosing thanks to “Doctor Google.” I truly believe the more informed a person can be about his or her health from trusted resources, the better they can be about making an informed decision.
So how do we go about doing that? ADVOCATING and SHARING TRUSTED SOURCES! We live in the age of technology and information at our fingertips. I will always recommend the tried and true, and it’s important to understand how to vet online medical sources. Ask your personal physician or physician mentor his or her recommendations on trusted resources. I recommend the CDC, state health department, Merck Manual for the Consumer, and your local state medical association.
I also challenge you to share information from trusted resources—that’s how we can continue to share reliable and trusted medical knowledge! I use my social media as a platform for positive change, advocacy, and trusted medical knowledge for better health outcomes! Happy #GMKAwarenessDay
Thoughts from a psychiatry resident physician,