This is the last post for the “Professional Ethics course” this post suppose to reflect everything I have learned and accomplished during these six weeks.
I would like to start by stating that I am very lucky to take part in this course with such a multi diverse, international and smart group of people. During the last six weeks I got the opportunity to practice my English writing, which is important as a new non-native speaker resident in an English speaking environment. Furthermore, I had the opportunity to explore the web for ethical issues, which are always in the news and are highly important for day to day life as well as for my work as a PT. I also, wrote a blog, for the first time in my life. Ultimately, I got to read everyone’s intriguing posts and opinions about the different subjects. Each of us brings his own culture, customs and ideas to his ethics post. So yes, this course definitely answered my expectations.
I have learned so much during the course, about the laws and cultures of my home country, my residence country as well as the reality in other countries as it reflects from my fellow participants’ posts. I also learn about using blogging as a way to reflect my ideas and share them with the world, I think overall it was an interesting and enjoyable experience. It was very interesting to discover the similarities and differences between different countries. However, the most important thing I earned from taking this course is the realization that we are all human beings and for that manner “equal”, we all have DNA which is more than 99% identical , we think, we live, we love (and unfortunately hate) and yet each of us has is own world of customs and meaning and the same subject can be viewed from very different perspectives. Nonetheless I found out that some things are the same all over the world and that two people share the same profession can get to the same conclusions even though they came from different places. It was very interesting to see how people react differently about different subjects. While I thought dealing with issues as EQUALITY and TORTURE was hard, others had trouble dealing with EUTHENASIA. This course reminded me the importance of diversity and how wonderful, yet complicated the world we live in.
My practice changes every day, with any experience I have. Any person I meet changes me a little bit. I think that I will take to my practice the knowledge I have to respect any person\patient regardless his race, sex and opinions. I will try from now on to listen more carefully to any patients and not to judge. I believe not judging is crusial in order to supply the best treatment. These are all issues I know and try to live by, but this course made them more clear.
“What we need to do is learn to respect and embrace our differences until our differences don’t make a difference in how we are treated.”
— Yolanda King