Mukta Panda, MD, FACP
Professor, Department of Medicine and Medical Education Assistant Dean, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine
A good doctor has to have a combination of attributes, of which attention to detail is vital. Understanding all the details about a person’s health helps the physician analyze the situation and provide an accurate diagnosis. However, it is just as vital to be attentive to the spiritual and emotional well-being of patients. Physicians and health care professionals of the future must realize that truly caring about all aspects of a patient’s life is the most important attribute of all.