COVENANT MEDICINE: BEING PRESENT WHEN PRESENT
DOES YOUR PHYSICIAN REALLY KNOW YOU?
THE RELATIONSHIP between physician and patient is among the most personal and vulnerable experiences that people have in their lifetime. The physician holds knowledge, healing and can even make the difference between life and death.
But what happens when a physician loses sight of the person and sees as patient only as a broken mechanism or collection of symptoms? In this insightful, inspiring book, Dr. David H. Beyda explores a paradigm between physicians and patients grounded in mutual trust, honest and integrity. He discusses the physician/patient relationship as a covenant, allowing the physician to consciously agree to be present, to be intentional, to listen, to be committed and to act for the patient’s good. A covenant relationship can contain transformational aspects such as faith and spirituality, allowing the physician and the patient to transcend the confounding definitions of illness, and to come to a greater understanding of the nuances of care giving. Learn how to establish your own covenant relationships by looking at “who” your patients are, and incorporating the “what” into that deeper foundation.
IT’S NOT WHAT WE BRING, BUT WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND
Border Crossings is the story of Dr. Beyda’s trips to underprivileged countries to give aid to the forgotten children and adults who receive little or no medical attention or nutrition.
The book contains dozens of moving stories that put faces on those desperate for healing as well as recognition of their basic human rights. The reader meets children such as Samnang, a young Cambodian girl who fell from a motorbike and sustained broken wrists, only to have her arms amputated because her family had not money for routine medical care. And there is a Pastor in the Dominican Republic who dies just moments before a taxi ride to the hospital for treatment of leg pain and heart condition he endured for years. Each story provides an intimate portrait of people like Samnang and Pastor, together with Dr. Beyda’s reflections on the lessons he has learned about caring for the most wretched among us. Dr. Beyda, however, provides far more than medical exams and medicine for those he sees on his mission trips. He and his team give what he calls “covenant care”, or attention to the needs of the entire person and his or her quality of life. In his faith based ministry, he offers counseling and prayer for every man, woman and child he sees, entrusting his patients to the love and compassion of the God who has directed his own steps since he was a young child.
FREE E-BOOK: DUTY TO CARE
Who is more important, you or me?
In this short book, David H. Beyda, MD poses the question you should ask yourself when it comes to duty to care: “who’s more important, you or me? When I say “you”, I mean the patient”. He challenges you to think about what you would do if you were asked to go into a highly infectious environment or to take care of a highly infectious patient. Would you do what you were trained to do and what you give an oath to do? Would you do what your vocation asks of you? Or does your own safety and that of your family trump the duty to care for those who expect that of us as caring healers. This is the conflict. We have concerns for personal safety. We have concerns for our family. We have concerns for ourselves. We understand that childcare issues are important but how do we balance that with who we are as healthcare professionals? Dr. Beyda asks the hard questions, gives you a little history, and makes you decide where you want to go. He leaves it to you to decide who’s more important: your patients or yourself.
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