I picked this intersection of applied medical anthropology because this is the first anthropology class I have taken and I have found it very interesting. I was planning to look more into it and what a career in medical anthropology would mean and this is the perfect opportunity for me to do so! It still does pertain to my current future career plans (to be a physician’s assistant) at this point, but it could also change my future plans. If I were a clinical medical anthropologist working for a doctor or a physician’s assistant, taking an anthropological viewpoint would be very useful. As discussed in the lecture and other materials from this week, the anthropological approach can help medical professionals (such as doctors) determine what the best approaches are for certain patients and why already implemented approaches are not effective. As noted in the youtube video by tribal jazzman scholar, the point of medical anthropology, and clinical medical anthropology in particular, is to find the most effective means of solving medical problems and not taking an elite approach when it comes to other cultures. I think this would be very helpful in my career because I hope to be working with patients of various different cultures and do not want to come across as condescending and not understanding of how my medical recommendations relate to their beliefs and values. It also is very helpful when it comes to figuring out what is not working with medical implications especially when they may relate to culture. The tribal jazzman scholar video also discusses this with the concept of how boiling water was taught women to help villages from getting sick but it was not working because the people teaching did not realize water had a holy link to the people. Therefore, clinical medical anthropology is very important and will be very helpful in my future career.
Lecture: 6.1- “Applied Medical Anthropology”
“Medical Anthropology,” YouTube video, 7:55, posted by “TribalJazzman,” Feburary 18, 2011,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjDPwF9uV58