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7 Traits Needed To Become a Successful Medical Doctor

Updated on July 31, 2012

Lucrative jobs nowadays are mostly found in the medical field. In United States, a typical surgeon is expected to receive an average salary of $301,892 per year. This is probably one of the reasons why many students are enrolling medical courses hoping to be a successful doctor of medicine someday.

Becoming a medical specialist or surgeon is just like priesthood. Many are called but sad to say, only a few were able to achieve their dreams due to some reasons. What are the essential traits needed in order to be a successful doctor of medicine? That is what this page will discuss.


One of the primary requirements in order to become successful is to have an immense desire in the medicine at the same time to a passion help people. A doctor of medicine is responsible to cure the patient based on the medical principles he learned from school and internship. 


A doctor of medicine should also possess the quality of a hardworking person. Becoming a physician involve lots of preparation. First, you have to take a 4 year science-based degree from a high standard university. You should be diligent in school in order to obtain good grade point average, which is one of the requirements when taking an admission test in medical school for another 4 year medical studies. After which, you may now be ready for residency so as to be exposed to various medical disciplines at the same time decide what specialization to choose. Hospital training lasts for 3 to 8 years, depending on your chosen specialty. 


Let’s admit it. No matter how well you are in executing all the medical disciplines you learned from the medical school and during your residency, there will always come a time wherein you will fail to save your patient from death. And when this happens, distressed families of the patient might blame you for the death of their relatives. You will also sacrifice your time and energy for the care of your patients. This is the reasons why it is very important for a medical doctor to have enough patience. 


Money is another reason why medical students fail to become a successful physician. We all know the tuition fee for medical studies is more expensive than generally other professions. The need to buy those medical equipments hands-on experience is likewise necessary. The stethoscope and blood pressure device are just some of the basic instruments used for medical practice. And when getting a license, it is another expense too especially when you decide to have a board examination. Thus, if you learn to spend your money wisely, achieving your dream is not impossible.


A successful doctor should be competent and confident enough. So to maintain high levels of competency and confidence, you have to continuously be updated with new information regarding medical science and apply it vigorously for the benefit of the sick. 


One of the pledges the doctors made when they get their license is to treat their clients with tender loving and care. Thus, they should at all times be gentle in diagnosing, treating, advising, and giving prescriptions to their patients.


A doctor of medicine has a big responsibility to cure whatever abnormalities a patient have and as much as possible save the person from death. All of these responsibilities are stated in the Hippocratic Oath – a traditional rite wherein medical doctors swear to practice medicine with integrity. Thus, you should at all time be responsible in every action you make because a single mistake is equivalent to a lawsuit. 


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      Macs Macadaya 

      5 years ago

      I want to become a successful surgeon doctor someday!

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      Steve Richardson 

      5 years ago from San Diego

      I think more than anything you just need to be determined if this is something you want to do as a career. If you can keep that determination up throughout the process, you will be successful. As a prerequisite, it is important to have some excitement and drive to want to become a doctor. Those that just want to become a doctor for the money will likely not succeed or have a satisfying career. If you think that it is something that you can go to school for years with and work 30 plus years after, then you are in the right place.

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      Indore Doctor 

      6 years ago

      doctor help is a medical web portal for everyone looking for any kind of medical Help from qualified doctors or medical experts. Doctor Help has been created with a view to help you find more about your medical problem and correlated doctor before you go and select your doctor.

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      6 years ago

      This is superb. It has showd me that the field am into iz nat a chop and sleep. I declare to the world to be diligent til i'm crawnd a doctor. Not witstanding. Thanks 4 the advise and awarenes


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