Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Adam Patch

One of our moral study module is to write movie review. I was so afraid that we will be bombarded with some Kisah Benar and then have to recall all the nilai-nilai murni that I've photostated into my cerebrum in Form 5. Fortunately, we were given 3 movies based on real life story. I didn't fail to krai krai krai for all three movies. I've cried like a fountain for Awakening but my favourite is Hotel Rwanda. Adam Patch is fairly inspiring but how many doctors or medical students actually practice those beliefs in improving quality care. 90% think they are gods in white lab coat, everything else is beneath them. 

The movie featured the life of Adam Patch who self admitted into a psychiatric unit after an attempted suicide. Little did he know that his stay and encounters with the patients in the hospital, had given him a new purpose in his life. When he left the hospital, he became very passionate to be a doctor after experiencing the joy of helping people. Hence, he enrolled into a medical school to persuade his passion despite being older than other students.

Nevertheless, Adam was astonished by the way medicine was taught by his professor. He thought that medical students ought to have early exposure to patients to enhance learning. He did not agree that doctors have to be a curing robot by putting aside the human touch to focus in preventing patients’ death. He believed that doctors need to have empathy and interact with patients in promoting patients’ quality of life. He broke several rules by interacting with patients before semester three, promoting laughter with his charisma and sense of humour. The patients and their family appreciated Adam’s work in their life. However, this was deemed inappropriate and negatively affected the image of the medical profession by his professor. An attempt in dispelling him from the medical school was done but with the aid of another trusted professor and supported by his excellent grades, he managed to stay on.
Later, he became upset with the hospital protocols which were not patient-friendly. He desired a patient-friendly environment to look after the sick. He remained positive and managed to influence two of his friends with his passion to join him in setting a free medical shelter for the poor. Unfortunately, he lost one of his friend whom he had fallen in love with to a person he bluntly trusted. This incident took a twist in his life where he lost faith in people due to his guilt. He decided to leave his dream behind until he found his motivation again. Unfortunately, his professor found out his illegal practice of medicine and was determined to prevent Adam from graduating. With the assistance of his close friends, alias and supports from his patients, he brought forward his case to the panel of experts. He took the opportunity to express his concern on the present ideality of doctors and the gap between the doctors and patients. He encourages doctors to treat patients as human rather than an illness, a disease case and interact with other healthcare providers such as the nurses to improve quality of patients’ life and even death. He won his course and managed to graduate as a doctor. His passion for people and their needs continued till present.   

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