Another debate I was having the other day, what qualities or characteristics make a great doctor? Typically, if you’re going to the doctor it’s because you’re sick- which isn’t a fun situation. What are you looking for in a physician? This is someone you have to confide your deepest health secrets to – you have to be 100% honest with them about your health history so they can treat you properly. This is the list I came up with:
1). Knowledgeable/critical thinker
Makes sense, right?
2). Good listener
If you want a step by step guide on how to be a Good Listener – check out wikihow. It answers ALL your questions…*giggle*
I want a doctor who is up on the latest procedures, news, research, etc. There is new “stuff” coming out all the time and it’s important that they stay up to date!
4). Calming disposition
If you’re about to tell someone bad news, I’m hoping you’ll have the right tone of voice, demeanor and overall body language.
A doctor who attempts to understand how the patient feels and what they are going through is a powerful thing.
6). Great communication skills
DUH! This is a given.
Doctor-patient relationship is essential. You need to have a certain level of trust built with your patients – so they know their information will NOT leave your office.
This was a big one for me. I often find that patients don’t understand what the are suffering from, what the diagnosis was, if it’s serious, how to take their medication, etc. This stems from not being properly educated by their physician. This is also partially the patient’s fault as well – if they aren’t asking questions the doctor assumes they understand. Which ultimately refers back up to #6.
Do you embody all of these characteristics in your professional life?
If you can think of anything I missed – please comment below!!