What Makes A Great Doctor?

Peer-nominated excellent physicians were interviewed and several common themes emerged: high intrinsic motivation; humility; scholarship; reflection upon practice; and “everyday practice skills”. These included cognitive skills, dealing with uncertainty, being pragmatic, good people skills, enthusiasm, adaptability, and recognition of one’s own limits. — Laura Willett, MD

Mahant, S et al. The Nature of Excellent Clinicians at an Academic Health Science Center: A Qualitative Study Academic Medicine Volume 87(12), December 2012, p 1715–1721

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