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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 29-32

The ideal qualities of a good consultant: Who does the cap fit?


Department of Paediatrics,Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2370, Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria

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Department of Paediatrics,Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2370, Sokoto, Sokoto State
Nigeria
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The ideal qualities of a good Consult ant defy definition , and a full description of one is difficult to completely proffer. Such a description , would also depend on which 'Camp' or 'School' you belong to. To a junior doctor, a good Consultant is easily accessible , approachable, friendly, with the patience of a Saint, and the sense of humour of an undergraduate . However, I consider the most important quality to be 'availability' or ' presence' - at least on the end of a phone! Tolerance , empathy and understanding are the other basic ideal qualities of a good Consultant. As regards health-care delivery , the good Consultant should have a passionate concern to maintain basic standards of Pat ient Care . H e or she should want his or her . colleagues to adopt the same standard and approach towards their Government patients, as they would to their Private patients. The good Consultant never writes "I have given the patient a supply of my formula for asthma" or denies access to simple tests like fundoscopy nor audiogram. , the Consult ant can still change his or her characteristics to fit the "Ideal" , if there are more significant negative attributes when you complete reading through this viewpoint on Ethics of Medical Practice.


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