What non-academic skills are needed for those interested in becoming medical doctors?
We all know that people who go into medicine are the best of the best when it comes to academics, but I am interested in what other skills define a medical doctor and how these traits come into play in the day-to-day life of a doctor. #doctor #medicine #science #healthcare #health #researcher #job-skills
This is a very good question. A very famous physician who was a professor at Harvard medical school in the 1920s said the secret to the care of the patient is in caring for the patient. He meant that it was very important to care about the patients as people. This is the number one "skill" you need. You need to be able to understand and really care about sick people. In addition it helps to be able to communicate well both in speaking and in writing, as Doctor comes from a latin word which means "teacher". Doctors spend a great deal of time explaining complicate diseases and treatments to a variety of people, including sick patients, their families, but also other members of the health care team, other physicians and even at times in front of juries and lawyers when a medical case involves legal issues. Finally it helps to be able to handle stress well, as medicine can be very stress full. So to sum it up, you need to be compassionate, communicate well and be calm.
My best friend is a DR and while she is amazingly funny, smart and down to earth. I would say she is very successful because of the way she treats people. She does not treat them just as another patient she is open, honest and very non-judgmental.
I would also say, she did not attend a University on the US Mainland but in the Caribbean, Ross University (I believe). I feel like it is a different type of experience but still very positive.
Great perspective, good insight to your question. From a talent management & talent development perspective, my mentor taught me: 'Patience isn't just for patients' meaning I needed to be patient not only with clients but with myself, my teachers, and all those I engage. Enjoy the journey.