What Separates Great Doctors From Good Doctors?

by HealthyMD - CME Medical Education & Doctor Wellness
Defining what makes a good doctor is subjective. It can be carried over by several different factors. However, there’s one thing that separates great doctors from good doctors no matter how intelligent, skillful and smart he or she is. The difference between a great and good doctor is empathy. 


While most doctors have acquired this personality before heading to medical school, it is likely to subside after several years in intensive care because of stress, burnout, and pressure. Fortunately, just like studying an unfamiliar new topic, empathy can be taught through focused self-care -something you can earn by taking strategic breaks while developing your career, going on a CME cruise or something similar. 

How to Acquire Empathy as a Physician: 

Start With Yourself 

To earn an empathetic attitude towards others, you must obtain it for yourself in the first place. It is crucial that you take care of yourself before providing care to your patients. Acknowledge anxiety, stress or burnout and take action before you get completely exhausted. Take time for yourself, reach out and reward yourself. 

Healthy Diet 

A healthy diet contributes to 70% overall human wellness. The recommended diet for doctors is composed of fruits, grains, and vegetables. By preparing ahead or making healthy food more accessible. 

Being Present 

Being truly happy is a joy not caused by tangible things. True joy is bliss -brought by the awareness of the present. When you derive your attention to the present and away from a stressful environment, you remember what truly matters which is how you take care of yourself and how you drive impact on other people’s lives as a physician. 

Listen to Your Body 

Acknowledging what your body needs are sure ways to boost those endorphins and re-gain your physical and mental strength. Activities such as yoga, dancing, biking and walking in nature can release all those strains and tensions in your body. Plus, you lose weight by combining a healthy diet with those activities.

Doctors are trained and shaped to identify and cure illness, driving their attention away from the whole person itself. Sir William Osler was a Canadian physician who was one of the founders of Johns Hopkins Hospital and the creator of the first residency program for specialty training of physicians. Osler famously said, “The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.” In other words, great physicians value the whole person with the illness rather than the illness itself. 

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