To write is to sit in judgement on oneself
A comment on the previous post on the issue of "decorum" set angry doc thinking about his blogging.
As a young doctor angry doc was taught never to "run down" (yes, that was the exact term used) another doctor in public. The Singapore Medical Council's Ethical Guidelines advises that:
"A doctor shall refrain from making gratuitous and unsustainable comments which, whether expressly or by implication, set out to undermine the trust in a professional colleague’s knowledge or skills."
It seems to angry doc that the SMC's position is more enlightened than the "you don't talk about the Fight Club" rule he grew up with - one should be allowed to criticise if one can substantiate one's criticism, and if the primary aim is not to undermine a colleague.
Our knowledge is imperfect, our system is imperfect, and we ourselves are imperfect; it is inevitable that healthcare professionals will notice when things fail or go wrong, and it is unrealistic to expect them to not speak up while requiring them to provide safe and high-quality patient care. The question then is what setting, what platform should a doctor utilise to voice his or her concerns?
Prof Lee chooses the print media as her platform, and angry doc has chosen a blog.
There are literally hundreds of topics angry doc can blog on, so how does he decide what he blogs on?
angry doc thought about it last night, and he concluded that he writes about things that:
1. He is interested in. Of course; why bother otherwise?
2. He can substantiate. Rants and opinions aside, angry doc tries to gather information and check his facts before he writes on a topic, and he invites readers to correct him where he is wrong.
3. He can get away with. The point that the commenter alluded to at the beginning of the post made, angry doc believes, is that Prof Lee may be able to get away with saying certain things when others may not. angry doc doesn't know if Prof Lee can get away with it, but he certainly thinks there are topics which he cannot get away with criticising.
So at the end of the day, angry doc may be better judged on what he doesn't blog about, rather than what he does blog about.
Labels: Prof Lee