I picked to further analyze clinical medical anthropology because I believe that this is very relevant to my future in the medical field. I also believe it is a very important type of anthropology to learn more about and become familiar with. In the future I will be working in clinical settings, such as hospitals. Clinical medical anthropologists work with patients and doctors in order to make the relationship between the two as strong as possible. They take into consideration the idea of culture and believe that both the patient and doctor need to work together to understand each others culture since they both may have different backgrounds and beliefs. It is important that in clinical settings that everyone is on the same page and understand each other. It makes the whole process much easier and smoother.
Let’s imagine that I am working for a doctor in a local clinic. This doctor is very old-fashioned and hasn’t been very open to the changing perceptions of new medical treatments. An older patient that has stage 3 colon cancer comes into the clinic and requests to receive his medical marijuana card. The gentlemen claims that he is in a lot of pain and has horrible migraine a couple times a week. He explains to the doctor that the medical marijuana helps ease his symptoms and makes the end of life easier for him. The doctor is absolutely against medical marijuana and doesn’t even consider that option. As a clinical medical anthropologist, my goal is to help both sides of the party come to an understanding of where the other person is coming from and help them reach an agreement. I will help to let the doctor know current studies and advantages of medical marijuana so he is not so narrow minded. I will also try and help come up with an alternative treatment that both the doctor and patient can agree on so that everyone is happy and comfortable.
Karim, Taz. “Lecture 6.1 Applied Medical Anthropology.” ANP 204 Course Website. East Lansing, MI, August 8, 2014.