Anyone have any insights on the medical profession? Watch
Work experience only shows you so much, really.
one bad thing - you can't make a mistake, or even if you've done your best, the patient or their family might not think so and take legal action.
Back when I was 17 (All of four years ago) and doing my summer work experience, I was lucky enough to have a registrar with a certain Dr Cox-like manner. Not vicious at all in any way and certainly willing to help, but with an army toilet paper streak to him. He said the biggest differentiator between doctors was having the balls to make a decision and stand by it. Anyone who can get into medical school can tell you the pros and cons and complications of a moral or clinical situation, the thing that makes you a decent and competent physician is being able to pick one of those decisions and then having the guts to admit that you can lose. Its just one view of medicine and I've heard plenty more that make sense, but that in particular has always stuck with me.
Still, I guess I should take it all with a pinch of salt etc. Maybe I'm just weird...
He basically said that it's one of the most stressful jobs in the world because every tiny decision you make must be weighed up, the risks and benefits balanced out with infinite and minute care because they could very well affect the health of your patient or even decide whether they live or die. Even telling someone to take asprin has its risks. The stress occurs because every moment of every working day you are having to continually do this.
"Only half of your class will be in the top 50%. You have a 50% chance of being in the top half of your class. Get used to it now."
To be good at what you do - to be the best that you can be, its not a job - its a way of life. Can you handle that?