True physician-leaders are those who exude humility, defined as freedom from pride or arrogance : the quality or state of being humble (Merriam-Webster). Yes, we in the medical world and society on the whole expect physicians to have a high level of knowledge within their specialty. However, it’s humility, or the way the physician makes their patients, nurses, and staff feel. My hope is that I make patients feel good about their health while simultaneously teaching as much as I can!
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