A lot of dedication, motivation, and intelligence is required to become one of NJ’s Best Hematologists. Years of undergraduate and graduate school are required to get your Ph.D. in hematology. The day you walk down the aisle doesn’t make you a good hematologist. There are a lot of qualities outside of where and when you graduated that can determine how good of a hematologist you are. From a patient perspective, here is what to look for in a hematologist to make sure you are getting the highest quality of care possible.
A good doctor is a strong communicator and surrounds themselves with powerful communication lines. A health concern can lead people to have many questions and concerns. A good doctor will be able to field these thoughts in actionable ways and within a realistic time frame. Communication skills don’t stop at the patient level. A good doctor should be able to effectively communicate with other medical professionals, family, and friends as well.
A good doctor should have an organized and regimented process with their patients. A doctor’s organization skills should be developed from an early age onward. Naturally, higher education fosters it as one of the main skills to have. You can’t be that successful in medicine without having organizational skills. Organizational skills allow a doctor to stay aware of details and keep everything monitored.
Curiosity is an important trait for a doctor to have. Good doctors don’t just follow their medical textbooks and notes. Curiosity allows doctors to try innovative treatment plans that can be more effective than the traditional way. You want a doctor who is willing to listen to their patient and explore options that some may deem off the beaten path. Without curiosity, there is no innovation.
Related back to communication, a doctor should be team-oriented and collaborative. In many cases, doctors will have to work alongside multiple specialists to accomplish a particular goal. A good doctor will be able to work alongside any medical professional regardless of age, experience, or specialty.
Lastly, doctors should be experts at advocating to patients with options rather than giving them the end-all-be-all solution. Advocacy allows patients to discover all the different routes available to accomplish the root goal of gaining their health back. There is nothing more demoralizing when your own health feels completely out of your control. A good doctor will always advocate for a patient rather than be stern and straight to the point.
If you have any questions or concerns about your health, reach out to Comprehensive Cancer & Hematology Specialists at 856-435-1777!