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Posts tagged as “communication skills”

The second law of medicine

A tweet by Gavin Preston M.D. says: “Second law of medicine = No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you cared”. It implies that being caring is valued highly in medicine, if not higher, relative to being knowledgable. It encourages medical professionals to be caring…

Irresponsible patients

Roughly two weeks ago, a video of a doctor losing his cool at a government health clinic in Rasah, Negeri Sembilan went viral. The short clip showed a doctor shouting at the patient who was recording the video, asking her to either wait outside the consultation room or leave the…

Doctors DO NOT make the worst patients

There is no other stereotypical view of doctors that I refuse to subscribe to quite like the old adage that doctors make the worst patients. I don’t believe that it is necessarily true or that any doctor who becomes a patient should find any comfort or pride in it. If…

History lessons

The longest consultation with a doctor I have ever had happened only recently. It was my first Genetic Clinic appointment and the doctor took my medical and family history for over 2 hours. The doctors in that clinic routinely take exceptionally thorough history during the first consultation in order to…

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