Friday, May 12, 2006

What's a good doctor and how do you make one?

What's a good doctor and how do you make one?: "Firstly, there are plenty of good doctors around and we should nurture them better.
Secondly, to be a good doctor, you first have to be a good human being: 'a good spouse, a good colleague, a good customer at the supermarket, a good driver on the road.'
Thirdly, it's easier to be a good doctor if you like people and genuinely want to help them. A general practitioner from Wolverhampton wrote: 'To like other people, from this all else follows. Liking your patients will get you through the grind and tedium of your working day, and patient contact will be a source of strength and renewal. You may even do some good.'
Finally, good doctors, unlike good engineers, good accountants, or good firemen, are not just better than average at their job. They are special in some other way too. Extra dedicated, extra humane, or extra selfless. More traditional contributors wanted doctors to sacrifice themselves for the good of their patients. Others said doctors must look after themselves first---or they wouldn't be able to help anyone. Doctors are patients too."
This is a very enlightening article - and all doctors ( and patients !) should read it.

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