2015 Excellence in Service and Professionalism Award – Leslie Miller, M.D., JHBMC

2015 Excellence in Service and Professionalism Award – Leslie Miller, M.D., JHBMC


(title music)>>I think it’s important
to work with families from the beginning, with
the patients to come up collaboratively with treatment goals. I talk with the teens
about therapy and medicine, and really want them to
buy into treatment because if they don’t wanna participate in it, then there’s no point in
going forth with that. So I really want them to
agree that this is what we need to work on. I work work also with
therapists together with the patients and families to provide care. And if the parents
themselves are going through a hard time, I might
meet with them separately just to discuss and support them. I take a lot of pride
in the accomplishments and victories of my patients. When a patient is able to
use a skill that we practice in session out in the real world, that’s a huge accomplishment. When another patient was
able to meet a milestone, such as graduating from
college despite having several episodes of depression,
it was just a wonderful victory for all of us. And I really take pride in
helping patients and families remain on the trajectory
of the life course that they set out for themselves. I think it’s important
to remain open-minded, and to view situations from
patients’ and families’ point of view, and not
impose your views onto them. I think it’s important to
remain humble and seek advice from colleagues if you
have complicated cases. And I think it’s really
important to remember that you can involve the family
while also respecting the autonomy and
independence of your patient.

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