Recipe for a doctor
- By: Lucy Rapp
A few years ago I started, fresh faced, with a clean, oversized, white coat, in fear of what the consultant would be like on my first clinical placement. Now, with some insight as a penultimate year medical student I have been contemplating the skills I think are needed to make a good doctor.
A doctor needs to be a thinker. And no ordinary thinker, either, but someone who thinks laterally, horizontally, and vertically and especially outside the box.
Doctors also need to be excellent listeners. Taking on board the patient 's ICE their ideas, concerns, and expectations increase the likelihood of a satisfactory doctor-patient relationship. “Listening” to things that aren't said, such as your patients' body language, non-verbal cues, and signs and symptoms, is a skill that must be perfected through experience.
Another essential talent is to be a good detective. Medicine is all about confirming and refuting facts, with