Mastery of technical elements is just a beginning. Talking with people and getting to understand is at least is important. A broad and deep knowledge is good; understanding humanity is even more important. Contemplation -- time to think -- helps make better decisions. I want every patient treated the same as I would want to be treated myself, or see my family treated, knowing what I know. Let it not go unsaid, it is very important for patient to trust the doctor, but it is equally important for the patient to be trustworthy.
Dr. Mark Laporta, MD is a geriatric medicine doctor who practices in Sebastian, FL. He is 60 years old and has been practicing for 39 years.