Good communication skills can mask deficienciesBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7366.676/a (Published 28 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:676
Dr Allan Cumming is associate dean of teaching at the University of Edinburgh
Are good doctors born or made?
The innate characteristics of a good doctor are beneficence and the capacity to engage with the knowledge necessary for informed practice. Beyond this basic level I believe that good doctors are made. Education should enable students to bridge the gaps between their ability and their “unconscious competence.” The increasing emphasis on generic clinical …