Students need to resist personality conformity

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

John Tooke is the dean of the Peninsula Medical School at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth

What qualities do medical students need to be a good doctor?

A medical student needs to be bright—not least to cope with a lifetime of assimilation of new concepts and knowledge. The ability to communicate, the ability to work as part of a multiprofessional team, empathy, and a non-prejudicial approach are qualities that should be expected in all healthcare professionals. There is also, however, a need for …

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