By Lisa Weber, CHC, Student in the Master’s Program at Emperor’s College
Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency room physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and author of When Doctor’s Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, recently took time out of her book tour to visit Emperors College and share her vision for what Western medicine can do to improve patient care, and what patients can do to ensure they get the most from their doctor.
Though a traditionally-trained MD, Dr. Wen’s advocacy for deepening patient-practitioner communication hits at the heart of Oriental medicine, and sheds light on the movement within Western medicine to refocus on the whole person, not merely the collection of a patient’s symptoms and diagnoses. Dr. Wen even draws inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine which further excites us and demonstrates Western medicine’s growing interest in collaborating with other healthcare providers for the betterment of patient outcomes.
Lisa Weber, first-year student of the master’s of traditional Oriental medicine at Emperor’s College, read When Doctor’s Don’t Listen and attended Dr. Wen’s presentation at Emperor’s College. She shares her insights from both below. Read more