“TREAT THE PATIENT AS A WHOLE & NOT JUST THE HOLE IN THE PATIENT.”
To Dr. Mai Sharaf, the practice of medicine is much more. She considers it a privilege to be a member of her patients’ lives and a gift that they have shared their trust with her. She recognizes this as a great responsibility and believes it should be treated as such.
In order for Dr. Sharaf to establish a medical care plan with any of her patients, their needs and concerns must be heard. She concentrates on the individual sitting in her office and not just their presenting symptom. Ordering tests and regurgitating test results is not why she became a physician. She became a physician to know, treat, and comfort her patients. Dr. Sharaf does not see her role as a flash in the pan in a patient’s life, but as a point of continuity and care.
“The patient and I are the team.” Dr. Sharaf takes this approach when discussing treatment plans and explaining test results. She wants to ensure that her patient is engaged in their own health care and can therefore be an active participant. If her patient does not have a good understanding of what she is saying and just nods their head, Dr. Sharaf feels she HAS NOT done her job.
She develops a comfortable physician-patient relationship where NO question is considered elementary. Dr. Sharaf enjoys educating her patients on preventative health care and also understanding the importance of discussing important diagnoses, whether acute or chronic, with a clear explanation to ensure that her patient fully understands.
The whole patient is the ONLY reason Dr. Sharaf became a physician.