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Brainstorming Some Essential Traits that Make a “Great Doctor”

by Feb 17, 2023

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As part of my doctor-patient relationship class this trimester, I have been naturally pondering some essential traits that might make a “great doctor.” I would like to share some of my thoughts on the topic.

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10 traits that I personally feel are essential to make a “great doctor” include:

1) Genuine, heart-centered connection and communication

2) Personal embodiment of the values the doctor promotes (this includes self-care, self-reflection, and self-work)

3) True listening (without automatic responses or replies in mind)

4) Active compassion and empathy

5) Curiosity and continued drive for life-long learning

6) Humility

7) Down-to-earth and approachable personality

8) Faith in others’ ability to be courageous, embrace new attitudes, experiences, and behaviors, and implement changes

9) The ability to be aware of a larger perspective and hold a deep vision

10) Creative thinking and problem-solving

 Additionally, I find it useful to ponder about some expectations that I personally hold when looking for a doctor. I personally expect that they have taken the time to think about their area(s) of expertise within the context of the greater whole, prioritize heartfelt communication with patients, remain connected to the reasons that got them interested in the field in the first place, and possess an ongoing desire to learn in various different ways.

Read Why an ND Education Should Be Hands On  and find out more about what makes great doctors of naturopathic medicine!



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Katie Kavicky-Mels

Katie Kavicky-Mels

My name is Katie Kavicky-Mels, and I am in my last year of the Naturopathic Medicine program at NUHS. I am a naturopathic intern at the student clinic in Lombard. I live in beautiful Door County, Wisconsin, but I currently live on campus. My roots are deep in nature, and I enjoy camping, hiking, foraging and campfires. I am passionate about addressing the root causes of health issues using nature as the foundation. I look forward to sharing my naturopathic journey with you. I like meeting new folks, so please reach out if you have any questions!


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