The Physician’s Mission: Cure or Care?

Dr. Alson Inaba’s keynote address to the incoming medical doctor class at their White Coat Ceremony in July is already a classic! Lucky for you, if you weren’t able to attend (or you’d just like to revisit it), the speech is featured in this month’s Hawaii Medical Journal. Dr. Inaba is a JABSOM Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Department Physician at the Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women and Children. He was invited to deliver the keynote by the 2011 graduating class of JABSOM, who selected him as the recipient of the Leonard Tow in Humanism Award for the compassion he shows toward patients and families. His speech, “The Physician’s Promise: To Cure Disease, Pain and Suffering?” was a talk that both inspired and engaged our students!

You may remember from earlier news this year that Dr. Inaba is the physician/teacher who inspired the use of the Bee Gee’s tune, “Stayin’ Alive” to help people remember the proper rhythm for chest compressions while performing CPR. The American Heart Association is sharing Dr. Inaba’s technique, developed here at JABSOM,  in a current national media campaign. Dr. Inaba also is a magician who has performed professionally, and he deployed a little “magic” in his White Coat speech.

To read Dr. Inaba’s speech, download the September 2011 issue of the Hawaii Medical Journal at:

Hawaii Medical Journal

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