What are the most important skills a physician can possess? Patients and fellow healthcare professionals would likely rank a doctor’s knowledge of medicine and their ability to complete complex procedures as most critical to their success. But what about interpersonal communication skills, compassion and civility? Although you may not consider these strengths essential for saving lives, soft skills have a greater impact on patient outcomes than you might expect.
Here’s why further developing these attributes can make you a better doctor, and several soft skills every physician should hone.