If I could go back in time to my 19 year old self, I’d say to me, consider other jobs and careers as well. Now as I near the end of this five year long journey, one thing is clear, we can do much more than medicine to help people. People need much more than doctors to survive and that is very important. So I like to point out what contributions non doctors make towards the work of saving lives as a way to encourage young people obsessed with becoming doctors to consider these as well.
During orientation for my third-year obstetrics rotation, one of the senior obstetricians picked on me and asked, “Why did you choose to study medicine?” and I almost immediately answered, “To help people.” Then he accused me of being a liar insisting that we had all joined medicine to make money.