As a medical student, Dr. Julie Oyler was told to remove the cross
she wore on the lapel of her white coat. As a resident, Dr. Aasim Padela
was told he wouldn't have time to recite Islam's five daily prayers.
But ignoring God was not an option for Oyler, an evangelical Christian,
or Padela, a Muslim. Nor should it be, according to researchers at the University of Chicago, where both doctors now freely practice their medical specialties and religious traditions.
discovering that silence on matters of spirituality left some patients
unsatisfied with the care they received at the University of Chicago,
two doctors there and four faculty scholars chose to examine how some
medical schools either encourage or discourage physicians to integrate
their faiths in conversations with patients and their own professional
lives. Doctors who set their faith aside, they say, can become
disillusioned and less effective.
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