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Member Spotlight - February 2012
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FEBRUARY 2012 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

 

JOSH SHAPIRO
Medical Student
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL

Josh is a medical student who is developing the skills necessary to promote wellbeing and foster healing relationships with patients across all ages, races, and incomes.  



 

WHAT IS YOUR MOST SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENT IN YOUR ROLE?
Maintaining perspective of why I chose this field and how fortunate I am to be in this position. 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU ARE CURRENTLY FACING?
Preparing for the USMLE Step 1 exam! 

WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON THE FUTURE OF PATIENT EXPERIENCE? 
Every aspect of the patient experience has the capability to either promote healing or to facilitate disease. I believe that in order to promote optimal wellbeing, we must focus our efforts on building patient-centered relationships that consider the physical, mental, educational, spiritual, cultural aspects of health. With a holistic mindset, we can better understand the root cause of issues such as non-compliance and poor clinical outcomes, while optimizing our treatment efforts.  

In order to foster a healing, patient-centered relationship, we must re-evaluate how the patient comes into contact with the healthcare system. We have the opportunity to shape the future of our healthcare system so that we minimize the stress of negotiation this system while nurturing an environment that promotes healing.  As we continue to shape the future of our healthcare system, I believe that it will become increasingly important to carefully understand how aspects of the patient experience have direct correlations with clinical outcomes. 

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN WHEN NOT WORKING?
I enjoy running and exercising outdoors. I also cherish time spent with my fiancé and dog at the local dog parks.

WHY DID YOU JOIN THE BERYL INSTITUTE?
As a future physician, I hope to care for my patients in a very holistic way, promoting wellness in every aspect of their lives. In doing this, I hope that my patient’s contact with the healthcare system works to promote healing and vitality, instead of stress and fatigue. As a member of the Beryl Institute, I hope to better understand the multiple aspects of the patient experience and how they play a role in patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes. 

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