Mariko Morishita& Hiroshi Nishigori1,2

1Medical Education Center, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan; 2Center for Medical Education, Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Japan


Doctors’ competency is one of the central themes of medical education, which has focused on the knowledge, skills, and morals of doctors. However, as doctors in Japan, we often wonder how we are perceived by patients and located in their belief systems. How we should be as doctors, which is often defined by lists of competencies produced by medical associations in various countries (including Japan), is not the same as what patients want us to be. This notion came to mind from anecdotes and the first author’s experience, as described below.

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