What makes a good doctor? And I don't want the generic 'altruistic, empathetic, hardworking', give me your opinion. I think that a good doctor realizes that he is a member of a service industry, meaning the he is a servant of the people, and not the other way around. He should be grateful for his position, and in gratitude, treat each of his patients as if they were his superior... Egocentricity runs in the field, I think, not because of the of type of people that the field draws in, but the effect the medical field has on them. The best doctors that I have met were generally the most humble.