What is one thing that separates good doctors from great one
What makes a good doctor or, for that matter, a great one? Most patients want physicians who are excellent clinicians and diagnosticians. But they also want doctors who are caring, empathetic and maybe even telepathic — doctors who seem to know intuitively what we need without any awkward discussion of sensitive issues.

After all, patients may not want or know how to talk about substance abuse, domestic violence, sexually transmitted disease or a host of other issues in their background that can have a profound impact on their diagnosis or treatment. Opening the door to such a conversation begins with empathy and sensitivity on the part of the physician. It’s a critical step in building trust with a patient.

The literature suggests that learning empathy is not only possible but also productive. There’s even some evidence that the rigors of medical school actually decrease empathy among students. So, the question is a pertinent one for would-be physicians and their patients: Can empathy be taught?

Medical schools are getting onboard, incorporating programs to teach their students how to develop the skills and put them into action. One of the things the students learn is how to deliver bad news. Doctors, of course, are trained to identify and, if possible, cure illness. As a result, they are more inclined to focus on diseases and particular organs, rather than the whole person.

In other words, as Sir William Osler famously said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” To add further context, a great physician appreciates the illness in the context of the whole person.

Read more: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2018/08/what-is-one-thing-that-separates-good-doctors-from-great-ones.html
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