My advice? Be the doctor each patient needs

'Get a sense of your patient and understand how you can fit in'

Doctors need to be true to themselves but at the same time they must be chameleons.

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A doctor fills certain roles in the lives and stories of patients. It is a two-way relationship that looks different to each person we serve throughout every workday and even in the most casual interactions we have.

Some patients need us to take charge for a while because they’re exhausted; others need us to listen quietly while they vent or process something out loud.

Some patients need reassurance and empathy, while others thirst for detailed information.

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