05 Jul, 2020

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Speaking 1 Topic: Experienced doctor or young doctor?

Some people believe that experienced doctors are more effective, while others prefer young doctors because of their new ways of thinking. What do you prefer?

In the 15 seconds I have for note-taking, here's what I would jot down:

  1. Experience
  2. Reason 1: Knowledge based on practice
  3. Reason 2: Opportunities to stay updated
  4. Example: Visit to the ER for a friend

Here's my detailed response:

I believe that experience counts when it comes to medical treatment. First, a doctor with experience would have seen many patients with a similar condition. That gives them the confidence to recommend a tried and tested solution. Also, with the spread of technology, all doctors have access to the latest developments in their respective fields. This gives experienced doctors the opportunity to stay updated and explore the latest methods of treatment. I once remember having taken my friend to the emergency room because he had been having hiccups for more than 24 hours. I felt very uneasy when I saw the young doctors there searching through the Internet for possible causes and remedies. An experienced doctor would have diagnosed the problem and recommended a solution immediately.