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It all boils down to this.
Most people won’t admit it, or don’t even realize it, but
caring for people takes energy out of you.
Investing your time and attention making sure somebody knows
that you love them and that you want to ensure their well-being can drain you:
- even physically.
Love people, but take care of yourself.
Don’t burn yourself out.
Why did you choose to become a doctor? You could have been anything in life and the hours you’ll put into that career path… well, if you were to work that hard you’d earn more money in other career paths. So, why?
Before going into medicine I was a computer programmer. I worked with a language that is becoming rarer and rarer, but still runs many large businesses (Wal-mart, to name one). I worked for 2.5 years doing that. At 4 more years I would have been considered a senior programmer and would have qualified for jobs paying in the six figures.
But I hated that job, and began to hate programming. My days dragged on and I began to live for the nights and weekends, which is a miserable existence. Anyone that has been in that position will tell you how “stuck” they felt. To me, money and happiness are not equal. One does not guarantee the other.
Basically I am saying I learned that money doesn’t matter to me. I don’t plan to be broke as a doctor, but I am interested in some of the lowest paid specialties. Money isn’t a factor for me.
What I am interested in is challenge. I love academics. I love learning. I used to say growing up that I would be a professional student for life if I could. Medicine is about as close as you can get to that. It is funny that it took me so long to realize it. As a doctor you are constantly seeing new and interesting things. You are constantly problem solving. I love that.
I also love people. They annoy me sometimes and let me down, but I truly believe that people are good. As a doctor you can walk into a room and within 5 minutes of meeting someone be intimately involved in the most personal and vulnerable parts of their life. That is amazing and a privilege that most people never experience.
You are right, medicine is not a lucrative field anymore. I go to a state school and will still come out $250,000 in debt at an almost 7% interest rate (thanks government). That is why many debates on healthcare reform have centered on finding ways to bring people into medicine (e.g. loan repayment options, equalizing pay to primary care, etc.). I will never be broke and I hopefully will always have a job. But I don’t plan to be rich either. (There are still specialities that make lots of money, but they are competitive and seem to me to be less satisfying. I went to medical school to be a doctor, not to do one procedure over and over.)
When people talk to me about money I just get frustrated. I am not in medicine for money. I am in medicine because I love learning, I love problem solving and I love people. When you find something you truly love, then money becomes less of a concern. I believe if you truly love something and put your heart into it the money will come and you will survive.
So why medicine? Because I would never be happy doing anything else.
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