While on clinical rotations, I helped treat a patient who seemed to be fainting every other day from hypoglycemia.
Ms. K. had been diagnosed with diabetes over a year ago but had only started to have this problem recently.
After learning more about her social history and background, I discovered that she was a practicing Muslim and was fasting because of the holy month of Ramadan.
As a Muslim medical student, I realized providers need to have a baseline familiarity with the practices of various faith traditions.
Religious literacy enables doctors and nurses to better treat a diverse set of patients. Often these needs can be overlooked when the nuances of faith traditions are not understood, or even considered.
Jan 22, 2022
Sunanda Das, tovp.org