Seven social skills they don’t teach in medical school


These “soft skills” can be the hardest to master.

Strong social abilities are crucial for personal and professional success. Patients, colleagues, and the medical community all benefit from a physician's ability to network and communicate with confidence. Moreover, mastering such skills enhances relationships, ultimately leading to increased career satisfaction and job security.

Socializing doesn't come naturally to everyone, though. Many people, including highly skilled doctors, can become paralyzed by feelings of discomfort in everyday networking situations. While networking and teamwork are commonly referred to as "soft" skills, they can be some of the hardest to master.

Here are seven ways you can polish your presence, both online and off.