“In the course of face-to-face study, you become more than a provider. You can be bestowed new titles — good friend, a compassionate or caring physician, etc.,” Dr. Cush writes. “Patients will actually think of you as being smarter than their other doctors, not because you said less, but because you let them say more of what matters to them.”  Discovering a drug’s efficacy or safety, or figuring out why a patient didn’t take their medication as prescribed requires listening, he says.  Ultimately listening has helped him find “appreciation and perspective on the intersection of life and disease.”

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