Why all doctors need to know about 'Ubuntu'

This respected senior specialist admits he just got schooled by a young African doctor

As medical doctors, we have earned the trust of our communities by endeavouring to embody the highest of values and the most responsible of behaviours.

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We often take this position for granted.

So, imagine the humbling experience when, as a respected senior specialist working within one of Sydney’s most hallowed institutions (which prides itself on compassion, integrity and altruism), I was schooled, out of the blue, by a young African doctor from Uganda in the definition of community.

‘Ubuntu’, she explained, is a Bantu term that is used to

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