Louisville Medicine Volume 69, Issue 5 - Page 35

about creating a role to volunteer as a communication liaison between doctors and patients in the hospital setting . “ We are in such a rush , and we don ’ t always properly sit down and explain to the family what ’ s going on in simple language , we use jargon and technical words ,” he said . “ I think that ’ s what ’ s missing in our medicine these days , proper communication .”
He can ’ t see himself sitting at home doing nothing , so he wants to continue the volunteer work that he ’ s been passionate about over the years . He has done work to strengthen relationships between the police and the community , collected money for the Louisville Boys School , and worked with Dare to Care . He also hopes to do more work with free clinics and is a supporter of universal health insurance , saying that he wants to remove barriers to affordable health care for people in this country .
While medicine has certainly changed over his years in practice , he said there is one element that must remain a constant . “ We ’ ve gotten much better technology , but we ’ ve lost human touch ,” he said . “ It ’ s so important to the patient that when the doctor comes in , the doctor smiles at them and is friendly and talks to them . Human touch is important , that ’ s what I teach to my students and my children . It is hard because sometimes we only have 20 minutes or we ’ re working with artificial intelligence , we even have robots ‘ becoming ’ doctors ,” he said . “ We must use the technology , yes , but human touch should not be lost in medicine .” Kathryn Vance is the Communication Specialist at the Greater Louisville Medical Society .
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