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Religuous or not, our beliefs may affect the relationship we have with our patients and our management plans. A non-religious physician should not underestimate the importance of the patient's beliefs and a religious one should not impose his or her beliefs onto the patient. Respect for the patient's autonomy should transcend our ideology at all times. Eg: Jehovah's witness patient should not be transfused with blood products upon their request even if we as physicians believe it to be life-saving. Personally, I struggle with the fact that bilateral tubal ligation is not allowed in certain religious states in my country despite request by patients. Asian are by and large a more spiritual group of people. Have there been instances where your faith affected your work or a patient's believe your treatment for him or her?