Mixer 37# | Intermediate B1

Young Doctor vs. Old Doctor

Six people share their feelings about having a young doctor or an older doctor.

Martin, The United States
speakerDo I prefer a young or an older doctor? I have to say, and older doctor, cause I don't really want to go to the doctor but if I have to I'd like to go to somewhere, where they have a sense of they know what they are doing, and I'm sure the young doctor knows what he's doing but I have a lot more faith and trust in an older doctor who's been around and can do things.

Mitchell, The United States
speakerIt doesn't matter if it's young or old, but I prefer an old male doctor, because he has experience, I would think, but if it was a female, I would prefer a young female doctor because I'll be more likely to go the doctor if I'm sick, or if I catch a cold or.

Ruth, Ireland
speakerI think I prefer a young doctor. They're easier to deal with and they listen more to what you have to say. I also find them a lot more relaxing. BUt my own doctor, we've been with the same doctor for several years and he's kind of older but because we've always gone to him he's really easy to talk to.

Shuan, Canada
speakerI prefer an old doctor because I believe that they have more experience, except there are some issues that I have. An old doctor might not be as well-versed in new medicines that have some out but a new doctor might, or a young doctor might, but obviously I would think that the new doctor would have more experience over all.

Simon, Canada
speakerOK, would I prefer a young doctor or an old doctor. I think I would prefer the young doctor. The young doctor might be more up on new technology, new science and new methods and things like that. Also, they're probably more gung-ho, care more about the patients because they're new and they want to impress. An old doctor, maybe he or see is already thinking about retirement, although, that's not always the case.

Tom, United Kindom
speakerYeah, there are a lot of reasons I would prefer to be seen by a younger doctor. They went to medical school more recently, so they're more up-to-date. They haven't forgotten anything yet. They'd be closer to my age, which makes it easier to talk to them and to discuss what's going on. What kind of problems there are. Plus, if they're younger, they're working harder.


Learn Vocabulary from the Lesson!

been around


I trust an older doctor who's been around.

Someone who has 'been around' is usually older and has many life experiences. Notice the following:

  1. I have confidence in the new manager. He's been around a bit.
  2. People who have been around know that success takes hard work.

easier to deal with


They're easier to deal with.

People who are 'easy to deal with' are easy to work with. Notice the following:

  1. Customers are sometimes not easy to deal with.
  2. As a teacher, I find university students easier to deal with than younger kids.



He might not be as well-versed in new medicines.

Someone who is 'well-versed' has a lot of knowledge of or experience with something. Notice the following:

  1. I'm not well-versed in modern cell phone Apps.
  2. Chan Ho speaks fluent French and is well-versed in the culture.

over all


Old doctors have more experience over all.

The phrase 'overall' is similar in meaning to 'in general'. Notice the following:

  1. We had some problems, but over all it was a good trip.
  2. The new Batman movie was pretty good over all.



They're probably more gung-ho.

Someone who is 'gung-ho' is very excited about doing something. Notice the following:

  1. Everyone seems gung-ho about the new marketing plan.
  2. The new CEO has a very gung-ho management style.

Vocabulary Quiz

been around • deal with • well versed
overall • gung-ho
  1. For me, it is much easier to men than women.
  2. She is a fun person to have around because she is so about life.
  3. He is in legal issues like this.
  4. , it was an incredible vacation .
  5. For a position like this we need someone who has a bit more.
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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