I know what you are thinking, and no, this isn’t a lyrical mash up of ethical dilemmas; this is my final wrap up of the past 5 weeks. We have covered morality, equality, torture, euthanasia and empathy and I will cover some areas that have opened my eyes and made an impact on my thoughts and feelings in this degree that is physiotherapy. Where to even start with this one?? I will discuss certain views of mine that have been changed during this module and if I have gotten what I thought I would out of this blog.
Although not life changing, this module has had a rather significant effect on my feelings towards certain aspects of how I look at and treat other people. Maybe the most important and vital aspect which I will definitely take from this cyber lecture is, if you don’t come with an open mind you won’t learn anything. You have to, have to, have to listen to others and take time to value their opinions. Whether this is a doctor, family member or a patient you are seeing. You aren’t in this profession for yourself; you’re there for other people. Being narrow or closed minded will be like being a stock broker who doesn’t look at the changing values of shares.
Out of the topics we spoke about, I connected most with equality. It is something that I find is extremely close to home when it comes to seeing patients. While seeing patients in this current block I have found myself reflecting on what I said in my blog. That fact that everyone deserves to be treated equally comes to mind. It has stuck with me and I feel it will for a long time. To always have it in your head means you will always be asking yourself if you are treating patients as equally as possible. This small post hits home. It brings you down to earth and makes you really appreciate how every human is that same, nothing more and nothing less.
The third aspect this module has allowed me to do that is not normally accounted for is the interaction that I have had with classmates and actual physiotherapists. To have had feedback and interactions with these people has kept me in check, allowed myself to view other angles of certain scenarios, learn more about the people I am spending 4 years with and a really big one which is the opinion of people in whose foot steps we are trying to follow. It has not only made it this module that much more real, but reminded me that this is the only profession for me.
Has this module met my expectations? I was very unsure at the start of this course about what I would really be able to get from it. I can easily say it has given me far more than I ever would have thought. Teaching myself, teaching others who are sometimes older than myself, learning from my fellow classmates and from doing general readings around the topics has been an amazing experience. I once thought to just be a free Wednesday to sleep in but being able to receive and give comments allows for an environment that helps people to learn, even if they don’t want to. It showed to me how easy learning can be outside the classroom or hospital.
To give my final thoughts, this module was highly educational. It opened my eyes to areas that did not really cross my mind in my normal day to day life. Call me boring but they never came to me as an issue to sit and dwell on, or have opinions and questions on. I look forward to continuing with this module in the future.