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  • Students often ask me, “should I become

  • a doctor?”

  • That's a highly personal question that I cannot answer for you.

  • But what I can tell you are the traits that make for great doctors.

  • If you can identify with these 6 signs, chances are you'll be a phenomenal physician.

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  • I earned my M.D. from UC San Diego and matched into plastic surgery.

  • If you'd like to know more about my story, the realities of being a doctor, and what

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  • The first trait is a keystone of sorts.

  • Without resilience, you probably won't get to the point of being able to call yourself

  • a doctor.

  • That's because the path to becoming a fully licensed and board certified physician is

  • arduous.

  • During the four years in undergrad, you're competing with other brilliant college pre-meds

  • to earn your seat at medical school, and your medical school pre-requisite courses and the

  • the MCAT are no joke.

  • Next up, just when you thought you knew how to study and be efficient, medical school

  • comes in like a wrecking ball.

  • You'll spend the first two years learning more knowledge than you thought possible,

  • culminating in the most challenging and high stakes test of your lifeUSMLE Step 1.

  • Next, you'll spend two years in your clinical rotations, or clerkships,

  • followed by Step 2CK and then you'll do the application process all over again, this

  • time applying to residency.

  • Once in residency, it's a marathon to finish with anywhere from 3-7 additional years,

  • plus time for further sub-specialization in fellowship.

  • The path to becoming a doctor is long and challenging, but that's not why you need

  • to be resilient.

  • Everyone faces unforeseen obstacles along the waythat's just life.

  • Facing and overcoming those obstacles while still completing the most challenging professional

  • professional training in the world requires great resiliencethe ability to bounce back.

  • For me, that was overcoming Crohn's colitis, family emergencies, and financial hardship

  • all concurrently during my college career.

  • For others it's losing a loved one, or becoming injured in a freak accident, and for others

  • it's overcoming deeply ingrained bad study habits that result in subpar grades and MCAT

  • scores.

  • If you need help getting better marks, check out our website.

  • It's what we're here for.

  • While resilience is important, it's only half of the equation.

  • When things aren't working, the answer isn't to get up and keep doing the same things over

  • and over expecting a different resultthat's just insanity.

  • Rather, it's to get up and adapt.

  • If you're adaptable, this will be your superpower in the journey to becoming a doctor.

  • As a pre-med, being adaptable means navigating the highly competitive and cutthroat landscape

  • in university.

  • It means trying new things and failing, but more importantly learning from your mistakes

  • and continuously improving.

  • It means figuring out why you're not getting straight A's, then going to Med School Insiders

  • to learn how to study more effectively, and adapting your study strategies until you're

  • getting stellar grades.

  • Hit the like button if any of my videos have helped you improve your grades.

  • As a medical student, being adaptable is taking everything up a notch.

  • It means looking at why you're not getting a good night's rest and adapting your morning

  • and nightly rituals to improve your sleep, which increases your effectiveness during

  • the day time.

  • And yes, you should be getting adequate sleep even when you're waking up at 3:30 AM every

  • day when you're on surgery.

  • It means totally overhauling your study habits once more because what worked in college isn't

  • is not going to cut it in medical school.

  • It means figuring out how to be useful in not only the operating room, but also the

  • delivery room, or the psych ward, or the pediatric ICU.

  • It means adapting to the different personalities of your different attending physicians who

  • are in different specialties, because what gets you an Honors in surgery is not necessarily

  • what gets you an Honors in pediatrics.

  • As a resident, being adaptable means becoming even more self-reliant on your own systems

  • than you were as a medical student.

  • External structure, pressure, and deadlines are reduced in residency, but now a failure to be at the

  • top of your game translates to lesser care for your patients.

  • Adaptability as a resident means taking responsibility and ownership of your patients, and it means

  • adapting to the highly variable demands on each rotation.

  • And as an attending physician, you will still have to adapt. Now you will be adapting to the constantly changing practice

  • of medicine.

  • Confidence is necessary to be an effective physician, but it should not be confused with

  • arrogance.

  • No matter how smart or hard working you are, you'll never know all there is to know in

  • medicine.

  • The amount of information is too vast, and it expands every day with newly published

  • research articles.

  • You will face many days where you don't know the answer, or when new research contradicts

  • your prior understandings.

  • For that reason, a willingness to admit gaps in your knowledge is necessary.

  • At the same time, don't let the expanse of medical information scare you into thinking

  • that you'll never be good enough.

  • Imposter syndrome is surprisingly common, and it's nothing to be ashamed of.

  • Feigned confidence acts as a thin veil that can easily be disturbed, but real confidence

  • is earned through diligent work and experience.

  • I've said it before and I'll say it again.

  • It's all about your systems.

  • You start off not getting the results you want.

  • You assess, adapt, and implement new systems.

  • You get a small win.

  • From there you repeat, again and again, assess, adapt, and implement.

  • Each win gives you a little more confidence, allowing you to take on bigger risks.

  • At that point, you'll have the confidence to walk into the operating room without second

  • guessing yourself.

  • And trust me, the last thing your patient or healthcare team wants to see is a surgeon

  • that isn't confident in themself.

  • But remember, be humble, and never let it get to your head.

  • Being book smart is important, no doubt about that, but what separates good from great physicians

  • is bedside manner.

  • Developing emotional intelligence to be a great listener, an astute observer, and empathetic

  • to one's patients is key in establishing trust.

  • And trust is one of the foundational components of an effective doctor-patient relationship.

  • Often times, listening to your patients carefully about their symptoms and medical history will

  • be just as important as the physical exam.

  • Clues that point towards the right diagnosis may be hidden in the patient's complaint,

  • and you need to sort what's relevant from what is not.

  • Patients may also be hesitant to share certain details, particularly when it comes to insecurities

  • or situations of abuse.

  • Again, establishing trust is key to allow open communication and an avenue to provide

  • the care that they need.

  • Contrary to what many people think, being a doctor is not about diagnosing diseases

  • and prescribing medications.

  • Telling a patient what to do, how to eat, and how often to exercise is not an effective

  • way to help.

  • Great physicians empower their patients to take ownership of their health and wellbeing.

  • In medical school, we focused on motivational interviewing as a vital tool in our repertoire.

  • This method of interaction focuses on listening to a patient's concerns and using a stepwise

  • approach to find what sort of interventions are actually realistic.

  • A good plan that someone can stick to is better than the perfect plan that has zero adherence.

  • Compassion is showing kindness, care, and a willingness to help another.

  • Some people are born more compassionate than others, but as with all the traits we've

  • listed, this is something that can definitely be developed.

  • The ever increasing bureaucratic sludge of healthcare is making medicine less about medicine,

  • and more about billing, charting, and regulations.

  • Compassion, and remembering that being a physician is a tremendous privilege, will go a long

  • way in keeping you sane.

  • Those lacking emotional intelligence or compassion are prone to treating patients as diseases

  • rather than as people.

  • The patient is not just a list of medical problems and medications.

  • Your patients won't value how many publications you have, but rather whether or not you actually

  • care about them.

  • And as we already discussed, this is foundational in trust and mutual respect, which is necessary

  • to be an effective physician.

  • Despite what people have told you, being a doctor isn't about being smart.

  • It's about having the right work ethic.

  • You don't have to be brilliant to pass the MCAT, the USMLE, or your board exams.

  • In fact, if you were a neuroscience major, like I was, or studied another conceptually

  • challenging major like mathematics, physics, or bioengineering, chances are that your college

  • major was more conceptually challenging than what you'll learn in medical school.

  • For more conceptually challenging classes, you can walk in on test day and figure out

  • many of the difficult problems.

  • In medicine, you're hosed if you didn't adequately memorize the information.

  • Where medical school is tremendously challenging is less in concepts and critical thinking,

  • and more in the vast amount of information you must memorize.

  • If you need help on how to memorize more effectively, I've made several videos just for you.

  • Links are in the description below.

  • No matter how smart you are, you've got to put in the time in order to learn and memorize

  • the vast quantities of information.

  • Only once you have a solid foundation of knowledge can you begin to develop more advanced clinical

  • judgement and be the best physician you can be.

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  • This list was by no means exhaustive.

  • Let me know in the comments what other qualities make for great physicians.

  • If you liked the video, let me know with a thumbs up, and if you weren't a fan, I don't

  • mind if you leave a thumbs down.

  • Much love to you all, and I will see you guys in that next one.

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