What makes a good medical professional? There is no one answer. Certainly, physicians should be educated, trained, and knowledgeable, but that’s not all. Simply being knowledgeable and qualified is not enough.
There are certain characteristics that a medical professional should have. A good doctor should be the following:
- Personal: A doctor should interact with a patient as more than just a patient and be interested in the patient’s condition and what he or she has to say.
- Direct: A doctor should speak in plain language in a direct manner. This is not to say that a doctor must speak like an average person, but a doctor should speak in a way that non-physicians can understand. Also, a doctor should avoid dancing around a subject and instead address it directly.
- Confident: A doctor’s confidence can give the patient confidence.
- Understanding: A doctor should be empathetic to the feelings of the patient.
- Humane: A doctor should be direct, but perhaps soften the blow of potentially bad news with some compassion.
- Thorough: A doctor should be thorough and persistent and ask all the questions that need to be asked as well as answering all the questions the patient has.
- Respectful: A doctor should take their patients and their issues seriously.
- Friendly: A doctor should be friendly in order to ease a nervous or embarrassed patient.
- Knowledgeable, Trained, and Educated: A doctor should be all of these. They are as important as the rest of the listed characteristics.
Those interested in healthcare employment should keep these characteristics in mind.
People are sometimes at their worst when seeing a doctor. They may be nervous, concerned or embarrassed about their reasons for being there. A doctor with the above characteristics can alleviate a patient’s discomfort.