Doctors reach their level of education through intellectual mastery, raising to the top of the class with superior grades. They score well on competitive testing getting into medical school fulfilling years of hard work.
Many have an innate sense to care for fellow human beings, while others want lucrative careers or are satisfying parental needs.
Considered the best and the brightest, who are these people? For 40 years, I have been up close and personal, and it would take more than a “snippet” to shed light on these members of an elite profession.
How does one define a good doctor: Adhering to the ideals of the Hippocratic Oath, smart, interactive, empathetic, sympathetic, advocating, or honorable character? Which counts the most?
Do they have common sense, or only intellectual sense? Or both?
They are human beings, make mistakes, and have personal lives and emotions that go along with them. They are not superhuman, but do have astute responsibilities.
Most importantly, they make decisions that can positively impact your health improving quality of life.
Nowadays, doctors unfortunately face moral and ethical challenges when making medical decisions versus business decisions.
That’s when character counts the most.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.
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