What makes a good physician? When a patient recommends their doctor to someone else, why do they do it? Do they do it because the doctor has a wonderful bedside manner? Do they do it because the doctor is extremely well qualified? Do they do it because the doctor has been preparing for medical school? While these reasons may have played a role, they are all incidental. Often enough, the patient may not even know much about their doctor’s educational background at all. The primary reason why patients recommend their doctor to family and friends is because the doctor provided an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. In other words, the doctor knew what to do. A knowledgeable doctor is a good doctor.