Surgical Specialties Attributes

Medical Colleague

Coordination of Care
The physician coordinates care effectively through communication with patients, colleagues, and other health professionals.
Clinical Competency
The physician assesses, diagnoses (using the appropriate technical procedures), and performs technical procedures skillfully.
Communication and Ethical Conduct
The physician respects the rights of patients, collaborates with medical colleagues and manages health resources. The physician manages personal stress and recognizes his or her own surgical limitations.
Professional Development
The physician is involved with professional development for his or her own benefit as well as for the benefit of others in the medical profession.


Professional Responsibility
The physician accepts responsibility for his or her professional actions, collaborates with other professionals, and respects patient rights.
Written Communication
The physician provides clear written communication, including prescriptions and hospital orders.
Verbal Communication
The physician’s verbal communication is effective, courteous, and respectful.


Information Management
The physician provides verbal and written health information to patients, returns patient messages, arranges appointments with specialists and follows up with a patient to advise of any serious problem.
Physical Office
The physician’s office is clean, in good repair, and adequate to its intended purpose.
Patient Communication
The physician meets the patient’s need for information and explains any procedures, side effects and alternatives in language that the patient understands. Patients indicate whether they would return or refer a friend to the physician.
Office Staff
The physician’s staff treats patients in a helpful, pleasant and professional manner.