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What Makes a Good Doctor?

Feun, Lynn MD

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000324891.41584.c0
Department: Poetry By Cancer Caregivers

The world of poetry is a means of expression and source of comfort for many who care for cancer patients. We welcome submissions from oncologists, oncology nurses, oncology pharmacists, and other cancer caregivers. E-mail only, please, to:, and include your affiliation/title, address, and phone number, along with a photo, if available.

What makes a good doctor?

What attributes are best?

What do patients seek first,

and cherish above the rest?

Competency is the first.

This is easy to tell.

Patients seek a doctor

to diagnose and treat well.

Compassion is rated high.

It separates man from a mouse.

If we don't show sympathy,

we become like Dr. House!

Consideration is a good trait,

seeing the patients on time.

Making patients wait for hours,

seems almost like a crime.

Calm, candid, conscientious—

here are a few more ‘C's.

These should be taught in med school

for a good doctor to be.

Caring is the true key,

treating man like a brother.

Like Marcus Aurelius once said,

“Men exist for one another.”

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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