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5 Habits That Every Good Doctor Has

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The medical field has become extremely competitive over the past decade. More junior doctors are graduating from university, whilst many existing doctors are opening their own private practices. Essentially, it’s becoming a battle between public and private sector health!

Naturally, this means that doctors cannot afford to let their standards slip if they want to gain (and retain) patients. Instead, they must be at the top of their game whilst adopting a variety of successful habits.

If you’re a doctor (or trainee doctor) who wants to improve, then focus on the following 5 habits. 

  • Regularly Replace Equipment 

In the world of patient care, it doesn’t take long for certain equipment – such as surgery chairs and PPE – to lose its quality. On top of this, there’s also other equipment (such as office supplies) that needs to be regularly replaced.

This is why the most successful doctors don’t hesitate to replace their medical equipment when the time arrives. It’s a poor habit to hang onto equipment in an attempt to cut corners and save costs – which is something you should always avoid doing.

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  • Networking 

Networking is important as a doctor. It’s particularly important to network with fellow specialists so that you can share knowledge and ultimately gain a stronger influence within your industry.

Generally, most doctors network on LinkedIn as well as at health conferences and events in different cities. 

  • Emotional Intelligence

Many people – especially men – dislike going to see their doctor. There are many reasons for this, including embarrassment and the fear that they won’t be listened to. After all, no one enjoys going to their doctor to feel like they’ve been prescribed something in a rush to get them out.

With this in mind, emotional intelligence is extremely important. As a doctor, you must be able to empathize with your patients on an emotional level whilst listening to them as if they’re your friend. By doing this, you will put them at ease and be able to do a much better job.

Remember, there’s currently a backlog of appointments due to people not having seen their doctors for a couple of years, so emotional intelligence is more important than ever. 

  • Follow-Ups

Many doctors fall into the trap of not booking follow-up appointments for patients when they need them, due to the fact that they’re not paying enough attention or simply want to hurry the next patient into their office.

Therefore, you must make it a habit of yours to thoroughly analyze patients and book follow-up appointments to ensure that their problem has been eliminated or is more under control. 

  • Keep an Eye on Industry Trends

Lastly, make sure to keep an eye on industry trends.

For example, many private practices are now offering cosmetic surgeries so that they can attract more patients. It certainly seems as though the cosmetic side of the industry is going to blow up in popularity over the coming years, which is something to be conscious of.

Also, you must be wary of new technology and equipment that is been implemented (especially by rival practices). The key is to invest in new technology so that you never fall behind industry standards, but ensure that it will be of use to you and not just money wasted.