While going through my files in search for references, I came across my .pptx on the #CulturalEcology of #Aging & #Dementia from last semester. I think this started my slow, spiralish falling in love with #medicalanthropology. My growing disillusionment with the all-too-oft boxed, detached approach to healthcare was caught just in time, realizing there are distinct ways of humanizing the practice of #speechlanguagepathology & making it both culturally-specific & culturally sensitive.
It's hard to explain to people who ask me: "#PhD in #PhilippineStudies? How will you relate that to #SLP work?" Perhaps the most succinct way I can answer that is, well, high time we bring what is #Filipino into #Philippine #rehabilitation... bc at the end of the day, we are not helping a textbook Westener, we are with a feeling, thinking Filipino who needs to be understood deeper than any healthcare practitioner can.
I'm still an #EBP adherent as a clinician. I definitely will not stop learning & teaching excellent, ethical clinical practice and work against the cloying, capitalist, assembly-line persona of modern rehab. My major add-on however is my growing ability to humanize my work. Perhaps one day I can teach others how to do the same.
Because of all these, in my eyes, the beauty of my profession has grown a thousandfold.