“You’re going to have a good doctor,” a colleague of mine told me as I got my appointment with the doctors.
“You’ve got the right attitude.”
“And how to say it?”
“I have no idea.”
The words “good medic” are one of the most common acronyms in the medical profession.
It refers to a skilled and compassionate medical practitioner who can perform surgeries, prescribe medicines, administer tests and perform other medical tasks.
It is often used to describe people in positions of authority.
“The word good is so ubiquitous,” says Mark D. Smith, a medical doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
“It’s like a language.”
A good doctor can do a lot of things, and a good surgeon can do some things as well, but it is the role of a doctor to do what is right for you, says Smith, who also runs a website that helps patients find doctors.
To find the right doctor, you have to know a lot about the person, says D. Michael Reiman, a professor of medical education at the University of Pennsylvania.
He says a good patient should be a patient.
If you have a bad doctor, that person could cause a lot more harm than good, he says.
“If you don’t have good medicine, you can’t do the right thing for your patient,” he says, “because you’re doing a bad thing for yourself.”
Doctors can be difficult to find.
They may not be licensed and may not have many contacts in the community.
But, says Reiman of the University at Buffalo, a good, licensed doctor can be the right person for you.
“I’ve been practicing for more than 40 years, and I’ve never seen a better combination of expertise and compassion,” he explains.
“If I was a person with a bad patient, I would not be a good physician.”
To find a good medical student, you’ll want to ask for the name of a physician with whom you have spoken, according to Reiman.
You’ll want the student’s email address, too, so you can send them an email.
If you’re not sure about the student, Reiman says, you should seek out someone who has the experience.
A good physician should know a fair amount about the patient, Smith says.
He will also want to know what type of treatment you need and how it will affect your patient.
But a good nurse practitioner can also be the ideal candidate for a good student, he adds.
A nurse practitioner is a doctor who is trained to work with people with a wide range of medical conditions.
A nurse practitioner might specialize in cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular health or mental health.
A person who has a nurse practitioner’s license is often able to help patients with chronic conditions such as arthritis or depression, he explains, but not everyone will have that kind of experience.
“You need a good background, but a nurse’s license doesn’t necessarily make a nurse a good practitioner,” Smith says, because nurses can’t diagnose conditions.
The person you choose should be able to provide a variety of services, Reimans says.
You want someone who can talk about their own medical history, say how their patient can get the best care.
And you want someone to be available to provide information about the medical condition.
“Your nurse practitioner should have the kind of knowledge that would be able give you an accurate picture of your patient’s condition,” he adds, “and also the ability to give you the best possible care.”
A doctor may also be able offer general information about a patient’s health.
You don’t want to be too specific about the kind and frequency of treatment the doctor will be offering, so be sure to ask a few questions, Smith explains.
If your patient has diabetes, Reimer says, it’s important to ask if there is a specific diabetes treatment the nurse practitioner will be using.
A good nurse might also know what medications you should be taking, and how much each will cost you.
The nurse practitioner may also need to have some experience with physical exams and procedures, which can be very expensive.
But this information is also very important, says Dr. Richard A. Shultz, director of the Institute for Health and Medicine at the American College of Rheumatology in Washington, D.C. The college recommends that doctors have at least two years of experience in a specific specialty, including a doctor of nursing, a nurse or a registered nurse.
“This is not a substitute for a physician who has had a lot,” he said.
“The patient needs to have that knowledge.”
You might also want someone with experience treating HIV, a sexually transmitted disease that can affect someone’s reproductive health.
If the nurse is HIV positive, she may also have the ability, depending on her experience, to treat that condition, too.
In the medical community, the word “doctor” comes from the Latin word for physician, which comes from Greek medicine, which means “to treat