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Should I use he/she or he when I'm saying in my secondaries something like:

"A physician must be caring towards his patients"

"A physician must be caring towards his or her patients"
 

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Dr.Andrews said:
Should I use he/she or he when I'm saying in my secondaries something like:

"A physician must be caring towards his patients"

"A physician must be caring towards his or her patients"


Honestly, do you really need to ask this?
 

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A physician must be caring towards he/she/it's patient's assuming they desire care, if not the physician should be alert enough to offer whatever service the patient so desires to make the patient as uncomfortable as possible (i.e. BD/S&M) if that is what he/she/it desires.

^this is the only PC/grammatically correct way to write the sentence you were trying.
 

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Suggestion: Get into medical school before you begin telling others how physicians should behave.
 

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Dr.Andrews said:
Should I use he/she or he when I'm saying in my secondaries something like:

"A physician must be caring towards his patients"

"A physician must be caring towards his or her patients"

Believe it or not, I'm pretty sure that they changed gender ambiguities to simply "she" or "her".

Ex. The lawyer won the case. She is an amazing person.

HOWEVER, most people don't know about it (and many don't agree with it), so I would suggest just using "he" or "his". No point wasting space on your question by trying to be kosher...I doubt anyone will be offended.

Bottom line: use he or his.
-Dr. P.
 

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Dr.Andrews said:
Should I use he/she or he when I'm saying in my secondaries something like:

"A physician must be caring towards his patients"

"A physician must be caring towards his or her patients"

I would use whatever gender you are. Or,

"Physicians must be caring towards their patients."
 

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Dancing Doctor said:
I would use whatever gender you are. Or,

"Physicians must be caring towards their patients."

Bingo. When in doubt, re-structure the sentence to avoid the grammatical issue. :thumbup:
 

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Dr.Andrews said:
Should I use he/she or he when I'm saying in my secondaries something like:

"A physician must be caring towards his patients"

"A physician must be caring towards his or her patients"
Like Dancing Doctor said, avoid gender at all if it's that big of a problem:

"Physicians must be caring towards their patients."

That saves you a few characters also!
 

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Depakote said:
I'll shout BD/S&M physician ideology from the rooftops.

You can't stop me.

LOL. :laugh:
 

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jstuds_66 said:
Like Dancing Doctor said, avoid gender at all if it's that big of a problem:

"Physicians must be caring towards their patients."

That saves you a few characters also!

Just be careful not to say "A Physician must be caring toward their patients." Then you have a number agreement issue. That's bad.
 
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