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  Research Assessment #3 Date: October 7, 2019 Subject: Oncology MLA Citation: “The 7 Essential Qualities of a Physician - AUA Med School.” American University of Antigua Caribbean Medical School, 1 Oct. 2019, https://www.auamed.org/blog/7-essential-qualities-physician-2/. Assessment: Many people of the general population have come to the consensus that to become a doctor a person must only possess the quality of being “smart.” People tend to overlook and forget the other qualities that are a necessity for every doctor in every field of medicine to  possess. If doctors were only “smart” patients would fail to be treated adequately. From information I acquired at the recent business symposium and from the article entitled “The 7 Essential Qualities of a Physician” written by the team at American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine I was able to gather an understanding of all of the qualities one needs to possess in the future in order to be an immaculate doctor besides just being “smart.” During business symposium, I learned that physicians, which is the broad category of medical jobs that an oncologist falls under, must be concise and compassionate to all those around them. My second interviewer stressed the importance of conciseness when being a  physician as doctors do not have an extensive amount of time to dissect a wordy email or lab report when they have multiple patients to attend to. If doctors were not concise in their writing,  they would never be able to get their tasks done on time as they have to spend extra time reading unnecessarily wordy information. I will need to take this quality into account for the future and  begin to practice it now as I am a person who struggles to write things in a concise format. The second quality that my second interviewer brought up was compassion. There are times within the hospital environment you will come across people from all different backgrounds and financial situations. It is hard enough for these patients to already be in the hospital, but if there are extenuating circumstances, like a low income, that can make these patients even more stressed out. That is why a doctor must be able to have compassion and want to help these  patients not only medicinally but try to even offer aid to problems that relate to finances by redirecting them to someone who can help them in that aspect of their life. As someone who will  be working in the hospital environment in the future I need to be compassionate towards all my  patients and helped them in any way I can, so that when they leave the hospital they do not have to take an unnecessary burden with them, such as financial issues, if I know someone who can  provide them assistance to their issue. From the article, I learned that a doctor must have the seven essential traits of having a strong work ethic and being compassionate, professional, knowledgeable, confident, humble, and  passionate. Having a strong worth ethic is necessary for the medical field because as a physician, and especially as a future oncologist, I will be posed with new challenges every day that will require one hundred percent of my work ethic to overcome them. Otherwise, my patients’ conditions will never improve. As a future oncologist who will face difficult and discouraging challenges every day, in order to be successful, I must take into account what this article suggests and always give nothing less than one hundred percent of my best effort. The second trait a   physician must have is compassion. Just like what I learned from my second interviewer at  business symposium, the article reinforced that it is important as a doctor to be compassionate to  be empathetic toward my patients’ every need. It is important to be empathetic in compassionate as patients are often going through a difficult point in their life and often require both emotional and physical support. As a future oncologist, I must be compassionate toward my patients as they will require additional emotional support as cancer is a difficult journey for any person to go through. The next trait is professionalism. Like every professional, a physician needs to be  professional to be hired and have patients want to come to them. In the future, even though I may not be in a suit-and-tie type of environment as an oncologist, I must uphold professionalism as it will be expected of me from my superiors and patients alike. Along with professionalism, a  physician must be knowledgeable. As an oncologist in the future, I will be thrown into life-and-death situations that will require me to be knowledgeable about oncology and relay information quickly to save that person's life. This is true for all types of physicians. A physician must also be confident. As an oncologist who will be leading the team, it is important that I lead the team confidently so that no other team members doubt my abilities or are confused. It will also help to comfort my future patients if I go about the treatment confidently as opposed to unsurely. The next trait is humility. As an oncologist, it is important for me to be humble to develop positive relationships with my coworkers. Otherwise, workplace tension will develop which leads to subpar treatment of patients. The last trait is passion. As any job requires, you must be passionate about your job to do your best work. As an oncologist, I will spend the majority of my time in the hospital environment as opposed to at home so I must be passionate about my job. I also need to have a passion for it because people’s lives are in my hands. If I had  no passion for it, there would be no need to burden myself with the task of spending long hours at a hospital and having a person’s life in my hands. It is because of my passion for medicine and wanting to save people’s lives that I want to be an oncologist. In conclusion, what I learned from the article I read and business symposium is that to be a physician in any field of medicine one needs to be concise, compassionate, professional, knowledgeable, confident, humble, passionate, and have a strong work ethic. There is a lot more to being a physician than being just “smart.” This information about what traits it takes to  become a successful doctor is important to me as I will be a physician in the future who will need to express these traits to develop positive relationships with my coworkers, superiors, and  patients, and to be successful in treating my patients. Without these traits, my chances of ever  being a successful oncologist are slim to none. In terms of my ISM journey, this information was useful in the sense that I need to focus on developing these skills to an immaculate level with my mentor. I will utilize this information I learned in this article both now in my ISM journey as trait goals I need to work on developing, and in the future in my professional career as an oncologist in order to get hired, work efficiently, develop the appropriate workplace relationships, and ensure that my patients are comfortable and treated adequately.
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