Necessary-Luxury - Dr Shane Alexis
President of The Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association
I am a physician, and practising medicine is a lifestyle for me, not a job. Being ready to help my patients at any time is a part of who I've become.
My "necessary luxuries" are the things I need to help family, friends and patients. Firstly, there's my Digicel BlackBerry phone that I use to keep in touch with family and friends, as well as patients and the hospital every day.
My stethoscope is a critical instrument which I use every day to help diagnose patients. As simple as it sounds, getting to my patients quickly is very important, especially for emergencies. Having a car ready to go (and car keys close by) makes the difference.
Then there's my black ink pen. Writing patient notes and keeping accurate records is just as critical as the treatment of patients. And of course, the prescription for treatment has to be written in my best handwriting ;).
Finally there's my cologne, which I apply lightly. Personal hygiene is very important to me, and being so close to patients it's important to make a good impression and instil confidence. People put their lives in my hands, and I want them to feel confident about their decision.