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Updated by Julian Knight on Mar 12, 2018
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Traits of the Successful Physician


Communication skills

"Voice, listening and body language all relay information verbally and nonverbally. Medicine is dependent upon the communication of ideas, concepts and orders. Speaking with the correct tone, idiom and language is integral.

Nonverbal communication yields clues to a patient's engagement, receptiveness and the probability he or she will comply with instructions. Be aware of your idiosyncrasies as you communicate. Enhance communication skills through participation in speech courses, class presentations and undergraduate organizations." (U.S. News & World Report)