#104 The Human Touch in Modern Medicine with Professor Patrick Murray – Part 1

This week I share the first half of my conversation with Professor Patrick Murray host of the UCD School of Medicine MGA Clinical Influencers Podcast series. I relive my experience as a student of UCD and reminisce about the people who made my time there such a memorable experience. I discuss how my family inspired me to go into medicine, my early days as a student, and some of the cramped living situations that, in retrospect, led to some of the best days of my life. I remember the people, both the professors and fellow students, who taught me about more than just medicine. And I also discuss some of the most important things I learned about patient care and connecting with patients.

Professor Patrick Murray is a Professor of Clinical Pharmacology at the University College Dublin, a consultant physician at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, and a proud graduate of UCD. He is the leader of a special podcast series, MGA Clinical Influencers Podcast – Series 2, where he interviews UCD graduates about their time at the university and shares highlights from their careers. He specializes in kidney health, and throughout his career, he has studied the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of acute kidney injury and nephrotoxicity, as well as the pharmacotherapy of patients with kidney disease. He is board certified in nephrology, critical care medicine, and clinical pharmacology. Before his role at UCD, Patrick practiced medicine in the United States at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the University of Chicago Hospitals in Chicago, Illinois.

This week on In the Doctor’s Chair:

  • How I decided to become a doctor
  • How my time at UCD helped me grow as a person
  • The year I lived in a garden shed and loved it
  • My favorite UCD professors
  • What the tragic death of a dear friend taught me about life
  • How I realized that family medicine was my calling
  • Why I love being a general practitioner
  • The importance of continuity of care
  • Why technology will never replace the human touch in medicine
  • Why Dublin was an exciting place to be in 1990
  • My early career highlights
  • The health practitioner who inspired me the most
  • Why do patients and doctors measure the quality of care differently
  • Why the best skill a new doctor can develop is the ability to listen


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