Students' heads are so full of lists they have forgotten how to listen

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 28 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:677

Mike Shooter is president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Are good doctors born or made?

I think that you are born with some personal qualities, such as the ability to get on with people, to empathise with their distress, to inspire confidence in others, and to carry anxiety. Such qualities are very difficult to train into a person. While I'm sure it would be difficult to be a good doctor without these qualities, I'm also sure that they alone are not enough. …

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