I am one who frankly has had a negative attitude towards doctors. But--99% of them are intelligent, compassionate practitioners who do their best to help their patients.
Yes, many attend conferences paid by pharmas. But many also do research and clinical trials to make sure that any drugs coming down the pike are safe & effective for the patients they treat.
Pharmacists are educated in drugs, their efficacy and their interactions. Physicians for the most part are educated to diagnose and treat diseases. I was told this by my local pharmacist, hinting in her kind way to give my doc a break.
She wouldn't be able to diagnose what is wrong with me, but could give me advice on medications to treat any disorder I ask her about.
Yes physicians need to keep up on any drugs and their efficacy & interactions. But they also have to keep up on the huge amount of research and articles that come out weekly.
I have had to do some work in changing my attitude towards doctors. Part of that change came about through having an excellent neurologist (thanks again Wiz). He's not perfect, but I trust him, and he does listen and respect what I bring to our discussions.
It is up to us to be our own best advocate. We need to do the research-without becoming obsessed-to make sure we are doing what we need to be the best human we can be. If we don't feel that our physician is doing everything possible to help us, we have the responsibility to find one who will. We have the responsibility to come to our appointments with our symptoms and questions in hand and determined about getting answers.
We need to understand also that physicians are human beings-granted some have huge egos and make it difficult to like them-and they have a load of responsibility in being healers.
They are our partners in our quest towards wellness. They are not our lord and master, and we aren't squeaky little mice who quiver at the sight of a doctor. We are adults, consumers of health management. They are the providers of that. Both sides need to acknowledge that and work together.
Ok, off my soapbox. I'll read this again the next time I go into a rant about how horrible doctors are