One of the things that I would usually get our Medical Students and GP Registrars to reflect upon is this....
There are 4 main styles with which to practice Clinical Medicine. Each style has its pros and cons. Each is good for some situations, and bad in others.
2 Dr Google=very logical, rational and detached.
3 Dr Coach. We are in this together. We are partners in your health. I facilitate your decision making and help you achieve what you want to achieve. I will help to motivate, encourage, and guide you. I want to empower you to look after you. This is great for chronic health but may not be suitable for acute emergencies. Imagine a patient who is critically ill in front of us, and we want to explore options with our patient to facilitate their decision making.
4 Dr Eclectic. Use all of the above in different context and at different stages of the consult whenever required.
So which one are you?