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Paint a verbal portrait of an ideal physician and tell us about experiences that you have had which have helped to shape this ideal.

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Paint a verbal portrait of an ideal physician and tell us about experiences that you have had which have helped to shape this ideal. I have been fascinated with science ever since my 11th grade biology teacher introduced me to the topic "Anatomy and Physiology." That's when I committed myself completely to becoming a physician. However until the summer of 2002 I had not developed the characteristics that I would like to have in myself to become an ideal physician. During the summer of 2002, I participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) on Medicine in U.C. Berkeley, where I was able to learn and gain a better understanding of the job and characteristics of an ideal physician. ...read more.

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As a professional, an ideal physician should have all of the knowledge and skills necessary to be a physician. He/she should be a paragon in medicine who possesses the skill and commitment to educate patients about disease processes and the principles of good heath. Besides that, he/she should be willing to apply his knowledge towards research, to find better methods for patients' treatment. A physician should use reasons in all actions. Each step in diagnosis and management should be thoughtfully considered. Communication skill is an important characteristic which every physician should possess. Every physician should take the time to listen to the patient and have an unbreakable will to help the patient to get well. ...read more.

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He/she should have respect for all patients and bring himself/herself down to the patients' level. The most important trait that a physician should possess is compassion. He/she should have true, genuine interest in each individual case he/she works on, making sure that the patient's needs are met. Being a physician is more than just a job, but also a devotion to the betterment of human life. A physician is a person who improves both the physical and emotional lives of his patients. I think the characteristics I mentioned above best exemplify the qualities of an ideal physician. I believe that the experience of going to the National Youth Leadership Forum Program on medicine and meeting so many physicians have helped me in shaping my concept of an ideal physician. I intend to incorporate those traits in myself while working towards my career goal to become a physician. ...read more.

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