Training the well-mannered physician

You’d think that medical schools can at the very least train well-mannered doctors.

Michael Kahn argues that medical education focuses so much on training the “perfect” doctor, that basic traits like etiquette and respectful behavior gets overlooked. In other words, “when medical schools try to turn out ideal doctors, they can miss the opportunity to help them be good enough: perhaps not perfectly attuned to the patient, but at least respectful and professional.”

And there’s nothing wrong with just being good “enough.” Anyone who’s read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers knows what I’m talking about.

topics: training, medical school

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