Love Your Patients!

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We all know that students are the lifeblood of healthcare, and that without students, we would soon be foundering.

Fortunately, for patients, and for everyone, most students entering healthcare today do so out of the desire to heal, more that the desire to have a title or credentials or to make money.

And this is fantastic! 

So, what do we offer students? 


Love Your Patients! makes life for students easier, since behaving with Agape:


Reduces the concerns about rapport,


Makes the encounter more fruitful, and


Allows gentle, easy bonding with patient and families.

Should we be advertising in your favorite website or journal?  Let us know!

Stephen Goldberg, MD, President, MedMaster Publishing (author and co-author of the “…Ridiculously Simple” series).I found it [Love Your Patients!] very interesting and important reading, reflecting an approach to patients that should be widely adopted. It echoes very much  my own feelings…on the importance of the emphasis on humanity in medical education…I think it would be great if it could be distributed to every medical, nursing, and EMT student before they entered medical and nursing school.

"I wrote Love Your Patients! primarily for students.  The lessons are simple, but meaningful.  The stories include clinical pearls.  The summary (Section III) includes the scientific basis for practicing with Agape.  Today's students are so in touch with their patients' emotions and level of understanding, that some of the points are moot!  However, I am sure students will enjoy the book immensely."                --  Scott Louis Diering, MD

Bernie Siegel, MD, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles and Help Me to Heal, has this to say about Love Your Patients!:

Medical training needs to become a true medical education so doctors learn how to care for their patients rather than treat diseases. Scott Diering’s book [Love Your Patients!] shows physicians how to begin the process and incorporate it into their practice of medicine.

Are you preparing for the Step II Clinical Skills Exam?  If you are, you will find this book to be an enjoyable addition to your study program.  All those pesky points the examiners watch out for will be effortless and normal for you while you focus on the clinical issues.

The USMLETM website discusses the Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam: 

“The ability to communicate effectively with patients, demonstrating appropriate interpersonal skills, is essential to safe and effective patient care. Step 2 CS is intended to ensure that all physicians practicing in the United States, regardless of country of origin, can communicate effectively with patients. Carefully developed rating scales, as well as intensive training in their use, are used by the standardized patients to assess communication, interpersonal skills, and English speaking skills…

(Check out their official website,

Love Your Patients! will help you pass Step 2 CS with ease.

Brian J. Browne, MD, Professor of Surgery and Medicine, Head of Emergency Medical Services at University of Maryland says:

Love Your Patients! is the perfect book for medical students, especially students preparing for the Clinical Skills exam.  This is an invaluable, inexpensive and enjoyable resource, for students at every level.

(For a really helpful website, visit the Student Doctor Network)

Another useful site is Scholarship Help (  This was sent to us as a great link to help students get scholarships.  Thanks Ms. McDiarmid!)

Need more help?  Mr. Josh Stewart has sent us a great link for preparing for the Step 2 CS exam: USMLE, which includes free practice exams.  Thanks, Mr. Stewart! THis looks to be an interesting site, which has chapters, books and other materials to download (for a small fee, of course!)  Check 'em out.



Not a medical student?  That's great!

The skills offered in the book are excellent for nursing students, dental students, allied health students, everyone learning both a complex set of clinical skills and new ways to deal with sick, dying or injured patients.


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Last modified: 02/23/10