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    Hey all.

    I have another question for you all. This one concerns the people who wish to become doctors (duh). The question is this : Why would you like to be a doctor?

    Now, you'd think the question was simple but i've been serching google for an answer that didn't trigger the "********" mechanism in my brain and i've had no luck. When you're answering, please don't tell me it's because you care about these people that you've never met UNLESS it is actually genuine - in which case i'll take you for an idiot and discount your opinion.

    Is it the thrill of the chase that motivates you? The finding of a problem through means that are totally in your control? Is it the power of that? Or do you THINK you will be payed a lot for it?

    Honest answers only please.
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    Because they have power over people, over what they eat, how they walk, over very life itself; the likes of which only God can come close to matching.
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    You first.
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    i know someone who prob chose it for job security/status/money. he's not caring at all!
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    This should be interesting. I'm thinking of applying so I have asked this question.
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    When I was about 6 I wanted to be a doctor so that whenever my parents got sick I could make them better and they'd "live forever"........ right until my gran got out of surgery and showed her scar to me :p:
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    (Original post by KardKaper)
    Hey all.

    I have another question for you all. This one concerns the people who wish to become doctors (duh). The question is this : Why would you like to be a doctor?

    Now, you'd think the question was simple but i've been serching google for an answer that didn't trigger the "********" mechanism in my brain and i've had no luck. When you're answering, please don't tell me it's because you care about these people that you've never met UNLESS it is actually genuine - in which case i'll take you for an idiot and discount your opinion.

    Is it the thrill of the chase that motivates you? The finding of a problem through means that are totally in your control? Is it the power of that? Or do you THINK you will be payed a lot for it?

    Honest answers only please.
    why?
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    I've got 2 different yet valid reasons

    1) Universal job security, loadsa respect for tthe profession and your opinion is valued highly generally plus you're regarded as highly intelligent all just by saying "Hi I'm Dr...."

    2)Knowing that you personally have something to do with saving a life (don't really care much about harmless ****) and it really is the ultimate challenge so regularly you win someone survives you lose they die along with a certain a;truistic touch to it.

    That's me anyway
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    because i want to be a doctor... duh..

    but um.. well, first of i want to have the ability to save people's lives - of course you hear a lot of people say that you don't have to help people by being a doctor; but someone's lives is their most precious thing on this earth, and being a doctor i can help people care for their most important procession; i guess this gives me a sense of importance and position in the society; i don't want to live my life as somebody who nobody ever needs or want.

    Second of all i really do want to help people, it feels good after helping someone, just one brief example in secondary school when friends come to me for homework help, i feel good after helping them; i am sure you would have the same experience, it feels good helping people.

    Thirdly being a doctor means you are needed anywhere in the world, means i can travel to most places that i want, and i love travelling!
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    To be honest, i think most people want to be doctors after being inspired by fictional characters. Characters like House (Hugh Laurie) from HouseMD. Which is complete stupidity when you think about it, because doctors are NOT even remotely similar to these characters. Also, if the medical students are blind enough to not see that, surely they wouldnt stand a chance in becoming qualified doctors. Surely?
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    I can't think of a more sociable job. You're working with, not only patients, but their relatives and not to mention a massive spectrum of colleagues.

    Which is kind of what I said in my interview, but without the "massive spectrum" terminology.

    Also, the amount of responsibility involved is second to not much.
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    (Original post by KardKaper)
    i've been serching google for an answer
    I don't think this is one of those questions which you can just google the answer to; everyone has their own personal reasons and motivations for wanting to become a doctor.
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    (Original post by Ben77mc)
    why?
    because obviously the OP is trying to say that you couldn't possibly be allowed to be caring and compassionate to become a doctor. Or that just because everyone says that, then there's no such thing...

    Oh wait...which person do we know thinks that humans cant be caring and nice...hmmm

    :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by KardKaper)
    To be honest, i think most people want to be doctors after being inspired by fictional characters. Characters like House (Hugh Laurie) from HouseMD. Which is complete stupidity when you think about it, because doctors are NOT even remotely similar to these characters. Also, if the medical students are blind enough to not see that, surely they wouldnt stand a chance in becoming qualified doctors. Surely?
    I think what happens quite a lot is people are initially drawn to the career through fictional characters, and then when they learn about the realities are forced to reassess their opinion before applying. If they're still attracted to the profession, then they apply- and fair enough to them.

    Personally I dont really see a problem with this, aslong as they really do look at how things are in the real world.

    FTR, this wasn't why I applied.
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    (Original post by KardKaper)
    To be honest, i think most people want to be doctors after being inspired by fictional characters. Characters like House (Hugh Laurie) from HouseMD. Which is complete stupidity when you think about it, because doctors are NOT even remotely similar to these characters. Also, if the medical students are blind enough to not see that, surely they wouldnt stand a chance in becoming qualified doctors. Surely?
    I am pretty sure very few applicants will get into medical school simply because they want to be characters on house or scrubs or ER... in fact i am fairly certain...

    but if what you say is true, they will understand that reality is different from sitcoms as soon as they step into medical school, and will either adapt and change their expectations, or drop out - it is 5 years of schooling and 2 years of internship...
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    I call *fishing*!

    Ali_'s sentiment's x2...you'll get the answer via "soul searching"
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    (Original post by spacepirate-James)
    because obviously the OP is trying to say that you couldn't possibly be allowed to be caring and compassionate to become a doctor. Or that just because everyone says that, then there's no such thing...

    Oh wait...which person do we know thinks that humans cant be caring and nice...hmmm

    :rolleyes:

    You deal with what, three or four patients a week? What happens when one of them dies? If you truly cared about them you would be an emotional wreck. And say if you actually cared about the patient, then you saved her life. What happens? You just try not to care about them when they go off and forget all about you?

    Besides, it's an "Idiots" claim to say that you care about someone you've never met before. It makes no sense. Do you care about the god knows how many people that die every day for no apparent reason - other than, of course, that they couldn't get access to life saving drugs?
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    (Original post by spacepirate-James)
    because obviously the OP is trying to say that you couldn't possibly be allowed to be caring and compassionate to become a doctor. Or that just because everyone says that, then there's no such thing...

    Oh wait...which person do we know thinks that humans cant be caring and nice...hmmm

    :rolleyes:
    It is really quite hard to understand... most people, if not all, do things because it will reward themselves in the end; its just the intrinsic nature of organisms.
    Now if someone say they want to be a doctor because they are caring and compassionate, well, it is quite hard to believe; unless they also tell us what they have to gain themselves - you will not repeatedly do something which you do not gain reward for, and yet have to sacrifice. For example a sense of happiness, or rush from saving a live...
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    (Original post by KardKaper)
    You deal with what, three or four patients a week?
    I think doctors deal with a tad more patients than that...
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    (Original post by KardKaper)
    Hey all.

    I have another question for you all. This one concerns the people who wish to become doctors (duh). The question is this : Why would you like to be a doctor?

    Now, you'd think the question was simple but i've been serching google for an answer that didn't trigger the "********" mechanism in my brain and i've had no luck. When you're answering, please don't tell me it's because you care about these people that you've never met UNLESS it is actually genuine - in which case i'll take you for an idiot and discount your opinion.

    Is it the thrill of the chase that motivates you? The finding of a problem through means that are totally in your control? Is it the power of that? Or do you THINK you will be payed a lot for it?

    Honest answers only please.
    As long as your not becoming a doctor, its all good, but being able to help people, save lives, have countless branches to specialise in, ultimate job security, after all, people will always need doctors.

    I don't see much thrill of the chase with being a doctor?? I don't know why anyone would want to be a doctor for power? There are plenty of easier not to mention quicker ways to get power than applying for one of the most strenous and competitive courses at university around.

    The pay is not bad, and it gets better, again, if I wanted big money quick I wouldn't be thinking of medicine, but yes, working privately the money can be good, and if you specialise in the right areas, money opens up for you.

    So for me, it is the respect, the knowledge (Yes some people crave knowledge) the job security, being able to help people to name the main points.
 
 
 
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