December 11, 2013

I don’t know if becoming a grad student made me this way or if I became a grad student because I am this way. But I’ve realized as I continue my pursuit to complete my graduate degree and I pursue making myself a better clinician and better professional, the question I keep asking: Why?

The answer no longer is acceptable to be “because I said so.” Show me some evidence. Show me it works. Don’t tell me it works. That’s gotten me in trouble on more than one occasion I’m sure, but in this day of technology and in this day of evidence-based practice, we as clinicians can no longer just do it because that’s what has always been done. That doesn’t cut it any longer.

I think it is important that we are careful not to push too far sometimes; you must know when to ask the questions and maybe even how to approach the questions! But maybe some silent investigation by yourself can help you answer your own question or help you prepare to approach the subject with a colleague.

But don’t be afraid to ask the question: Why? If they don’t have an answer, then maybe that should tell you something!


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