An Evening with Abraham Verghese

iStock_000019487243_ExtraSmallI had the opportunity to attend a talk by Abraham Verghese, M.D., and author of the best selling novel, Cutting for Stone.

Although the talk was primarily about his philosophy of medicine, I found parallels that cross over into teaching.

Some of his more memorable quotes/phrases for me were:

“Books are about those quiet epiphanies.”

“To love the sick as if they were your own.”

“A human to human interaction.”

“Words of comfort.”

“The difference between curing and healing.”

I think a good teacher is a lot like a good physician. Verghese’s theme seemed to be: getting back to the human element in being a doctor, and taking the time with the patient. Studies have also shown the importance of getting to know your students, and the positive benefits it has on the student. I hope with all the emphasis on test scores and results, we hold to the human element of teaching as well.