After a long delay, here are my final thoughts about completing the PHT402 Professional Ethics Course.
Let’s look back a little and then move forward!
Were my expectations met?
Definitely! I wanted to do this course because I thought it sounded like a novel way to engage on the topic of Ethics. It sounded way more interesting than the typical “boring” ethics course – where we get taught things instead of wrestling with them ourselves. Thanks to Michael Rowe and the Physiopedia team for providing us with such a great way to “dig” into Ethics. It was refreshing to hear so many different opinions of Physio students, practicing Physios, people interested in Physio, or somehow involved with Physio!
What did I learn?
I learnt that for every topic, there are multiple views and opinions. Just like the rainbow, no one colour is more important than another. In the same way, no one view is more important or more “correct” than the other. I learnt that we should spend more time listening to others viewpoints then trying to get our point across. I learnt that our upbringing and culture has a big role to play in what “colour” we see the world in. But despite what we’ve been taught, we can choose to see the colours that other people see in, or even learn to see by different colours.
I learnt to not spend so much time trying to say things with the “right” words but just to say it! Especially with blogging, I sat for days sometimes not sure what to write or how but I’ve learnt to relax and just get something done.
The topics of Ethics, Morality and Equality were easy enough to deal with. The topics of Torture and Euthanasia were a bit more difficult to engage with. But I learnt that “difficult” topics doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t engage with those topics, in fact we should probably engage with them more. And most importantly, KEEP AN OPEN MIND.
How will I apply it?
We live in a world where there’s so much emphasis on doing things faster. We get told that time is money and that listening is not a productive use of time. But I think if we listened more, we’d understand more and become more effective at “being human”. So I’m going to try to listen more to my patients and to those around me. Another thing I’m going to try do is not to assume what someone will think or say or believe, but to give them a chance to have their say.
Lastly, I’m going to (try) take myself less seriously. I’m going to try not to have the “perfect” words or the “best” argument. I’m going to engage more with the difficult topics instead of sidestepping them or pretending they’re not there.
Thank you to all of the course participants for giving me “food for thought” and reading/responding to my thoughts. I look forward to another similar course in the future!
You can read a few of my fellow course-mates overviews of the Professional Ethics Course: