Being Present When Present
Covenant Medicine Written for healthcare providers and patients, Covenant Medicine refocuses the therapeutic relationship between physician and patient onto mutual trust, honesty, and integrity. After identifying the changes in medical culture, David H. Beyda, MD, asks fellow doctors to fix what’s broken with the system, being accountable, intentional, and committed to and for the good of the patient. He discusses the physician/patient relationship as a covenant, which allows the physician to consciously agree to be truly present when working with a patient?and for the patient to demand such quality, thoughtful, compassionate care. Interested in the importance of the interplay between physical and spiritual health, Beyda suggests that a covenant relationship can contain transformational aspects such as faith. This allows the physician and the patient to transcend the confining definitions of illness and come to a greater understanding of the nuances of caregiving.
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by Dr David Beyda
Dr. David H. Beyda is Division Chief of Critical Care Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Professor of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix where he is also Chair of the Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanism. He directs the Global Health program which offers a Certificate of Distinction in Global Health. He also serves as Chairman of the Bioethics Committee of Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Dr. Beyda attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Louisville Kosair Children’s Hospital and completed his pediatric critical care fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University. He was appointed as a Visiting Fellow and Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he completed his training in medical ethics.