Annie Janvier has just had another article published on-line, in JAMAPediatrics. The full title is “Tattoos, Beer, and Bow Ties: The Limits of Professionalism in Medicine”
It tells of a day when she met a patient’s father for the first time who had seen her out in her running gear previously, and noticed her tattoos. It describes the evolution of their relationship during the medical course of Émile, the baby. A relationship in which she broke several of the rules of “professionalism”.
All of Annie’s narratives are like this one, perceptive, thought-provoking, and often moving. In this one she talks about how medical professionals are being given simplistic rules about use of social media, sharing email addresses, and the way they interact with patients and parents, simplistic rules which sometimes interfere with humane, compassionate professional practice; and all in the name of professionalism.