Being a great doctor requires more than high test scores and knowledge of medical terminology.
But what is a good doctor?
While it is a fact that once a doctor proves his worth by passing medical school, he has the necessary work ethic and intelligence. In practice, a combination of skills is necessary to help apply medical science to patients.
Soft skills are personality traits that allow a person to interact effectively and harmoniously with others. Examples include: empathy, nonverbal communication, and listening skills.
On the other hand, hard skills are part of the skill set required for the job, they are acquired through training, and examples of hard skills are analytical skills.
But what makes a good doctor?
The essential qualities of a good doctor
Here are the lesser known characteristics shared by the best doctors based on research by St. George’s University.
1. Good doctors are good communicators
Dr. John Madden, emergency physician and director of the Office of Career Guidance and Student Development at the College of St. George’s University Medicine (SGU). “Patients will tell you what’s wrong if you let them talk.”
“Being a good listener is essential to being a good doctor.”
2. Good doctors are orderly and conscientious
Children are taught from an early age to practice organization to be successful in school. And for good reason: You can’t succeed in medicine without having your mind and attention to detail.
“The clinician should ensure that their patients receive the recommended screening tests, that their questions are answered, and that patients have a clear action plan when they leave their offices,” says Dr. Doggett.
“They should be attentive to monitor the tests that have been performed and to report these results.”
3. Good doctors are empathetic and make patients feel cared for
Patients are not interested in their doctors’ medical school degrees or other awards. They want to feel that they are in good hands. A good doctor knows how to make a patient feel cared for, that their concerns are valid, and that they are being listened to.
However, apart from this, there is an ABC for the good doctor. Which depicts the traits that every professional should have in his person and in his daily practice.
The ABCs of Being a Good Doctor
A: Attentive (to the patient’s needs), analytical (to himself), authoritarian, consultative, accessible and reassuring.
B: Diligent and good researcher for answers.
A: Loving, Competence, Compassion, Trust, Creativity, Communication, Comfort, Conscience, Cooperation, Educated.
D: The investigator (a good doctor is like a good investigator) is firm and meticulous.
Enterprise: Ethics, Empathy, Effectiveness, Energetic, Enthusiastic
F: Loyal to your patients and flexible
G: Cream and always gentle.
H: “Human”, honest, cheerful and humble.
I am: Intellectual, scholarly, unbiased and informative.
J: Wise and playful.
M: Mature and humble.
N: Noble y normal.
Q: Optimistic, objective and observant.
Q: Professional, patient, positive, and persuasive.
P: Thoughtful. Asking himself (ideas, beliefs, decisions, actions)
A: Realistic, respectful (autonomy) and above all responsible.
S: Sensitive, wise, and simple when it comes to addressing great concepts for patients.
T: Tolerant, hardworking and calm.
Fifth: Vigilance and honesty.
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