As physicians we spend years of formal training and decades of practice in order to achieve optimal competence in the care of our patients. Although our education never ends, we always fall short of perfection, and we remain forever fallible, we do achieve a vast array of high-level skills that benefit our patients, their families, our staff and team members, and as well as ourselves and our families. We learn to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness, to promote health and well-being, and to communicate.
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