(Feature) PCP calls on doctors to lead with integrity, healing and compassion

May 15, 2015 11:07 am 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, May 14 (PNA) — The three-day 45th Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) annual convention this week highlighted a very timely call for doctors to be not only physicians instrumental in healing their patients but also in uplifting the practice of their profession with integrity and compassion as they perform their duty.

According to PCP president Dr. Anthony Leachon, doctors of the contemporary times should somewhat emulate the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal in taking the lead for continuous enhancement of their profession while also promoting education or awareness among fellow Filipinos without losing integrity and compassion.

“Committing to our dream of becoming a physician, healer, comforter and hope-giver, a doctor should also be a leader, expert, educator (teacher) and hero,” said Dr. Leachon in an interview with reporters.

He added that doctors should continue evolving or commit for continuous learning to enhance their profession, which was somehow tainted in the past years and recently due to some controversies and issues such as the Dr. Hayden Kho sex videos and problems with the Bureau of Internal Revenue involving some members of the medical profession.

Dr. Leachon noted that undeniably, with all those controversies that were reported like picturing some colleague doctors as irresponsible citizens or non-compliant, integrity and moral ascendancy of the doctors were somehow put to question.

“As we move on in our personal and professional journeys, we realize that our 'blissful dream' of becoming a doctor requires us to be a distinguished practitioner with INTEGRITY,” he stressed.

He said that living with integrity means "speaking the truth, even though it may create conflict or tension; behaving in ways that are in harmony with a doctor’s personal values; and making choices on what they personally believe in and not what others believe."

The PCP head added that doctors should take the moment to inform, influence and inspire the nation through promotion of preventive health education to promote a culture of wellness so that others may live longer.

He further said that the phrase “The doctor is in” can really be felt in its deepest meaning or become a relevant one if doctors will aspire to be always available and accessible to his countrymen, constantly serving others better and be passionate in contributing to the building of a healthier and happier Philippines.

In line with that aim, he said the PCP and the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the third and culminating day of the May 11-13 convention.

The agreement signing between the two biggest groups of doctors in the country meant to support the Code of Ethics formulated by the global pharmaceutical industry and called on their members to always uphold the professional and ethical standards in dealing with the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare stakeholders.

“Our essential role as doctors is to protect our ability to care for our patients. We should not tolerate inappropriate actions and unethical practices of medicine that place our entire profession at risk. We should hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards within the practice of medicine,” Leachon said.

Among the invited speakers at the convention were Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, who discussed on the topic leading with integrity; Dr. David Flemingon on medical ethics; and Dr. Editha Miguel, an internist from Palawan who talked about the joys of rural practice for 26 years.(PNA)

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