I think part of it is how well you connect to them, as well as their behavior. Do they take the time to listen to you, to let you ask questions? Do they work with you? Are they concerned about
your well being? Do they explain things well? Are they going to give up when things get tough, or keep fighting for you?
I believe that you can tell a lot about
them & their abilities by your rapport with them. We all can certainly pick out a doc that is not so good, or full of himself right away. Often, their interpersonal skills can make you feel either comfortable or uncomfortable with them after only a few minutes. And then of course it always helps when they have a reputation for being both great people & great doctors. To me, it's not just their knowledge that matters, it's their attitude as well. I've been to a fair share of docs who were supposed to be excellent in their fields, but were either obnoxious or unpleasant as people & that alone made me never want to go back. No one wants a doctor with a God-complex.
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