Being a great doctor

There are many qualities that are needed for people who want to pursue a career in medicine, but which are the most important and why are they so necessary? A doctor obviously needs to be highly skilled and knowledgeable about their specialised area of medicine, but what about soft skills like communication and empathy?

Skim read the article about the qualities of an effective doctor and identify the five attributes (=qualities) of a good doctor highlighted in the article.


Read the article more carefully and identify the collocations that are used (e.g. make a diagnosis). Match the nouns with their verbs to form collocations.










Use FOUR of the collocations (e.g. make a diagnosis) to fill the gaps in the sentences below.

NOTE: Use the correct verb tense in your answers (e,g, makes a diagnosis)

  1. Although a patient's complaint may seem obvious, a doctor should not ____________ and should take time to make sure that their diagnosis is accurate.

  2. A great doctor has a good ear and always _______________ to what a patient says, as this can provide valuable information about their medical complaint.

  3. When a doctor has too little information to make a diagnosis, they should get a second opinion, run more tests or ___________________ .

  4. Having a good conversation with a patient in the initial stages of a consultation can _______ in the long term, as the doctor can find clues about the patient's condition.

When you are ready, enter your answers in the sheet below


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