Students' heads are so full of lists they have forgotten how to listen
- By: Mike Shooter
I think that you are born with some personal qualities, such as the ability to get on with people, to empathise with their distress, to inspire confidence in others, and to carry anxiety. Such qualities are very difficult to train into a person. While I'm sure it would be difficult to be a good doctor without these qualities, I'm also sure that they alone are not enough. A good doctor also needs knowledge and the experience of implementing that knowledge. Perhaps we should be talking here of “good enough” doctors, in the Winnicottian sense. All doctors are fallible. All doctors make mistakes, and we need to learn from them. The doctor who aspires to be perfect is not going to last long.