"Medical students are used to being at the bottom of the totem pole. However, there is 1 area in which they surpass residents and attending physicians: the art of communication.
Unfortunately, as you gain training and experience in medicine, your
communication skills may worsen. Although there are obvious reasons why
this occurs (eg, time constraints curtail communication), the trend can
Research shows that the patients of physicians who communicate well
are more adherent to therapies, more satisfied with care, and less
likely to file malpractice suits. Just like you need to learn how to diagnose strep throat, you need to learn how to communicate effectively."
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