For Those Studying Medicine..(5)

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

-Confucius (551-479 BC), Chinese philosopher and founder of Confucianism

Its often been said that studying to be a doctor is a calling, as opposed to many other professions when its just involves studying to obtain an occupation. To become a doctor not only involves studying hard but it involves a change in one’s lifestyle and attitude towards life, in the pursuit of the maxim ” to cure sometimes, to heal often and to comfort always”.

Many medical students appear daunted at the long tortuous years of study ahead of them but this is often made easier if, before taking that first step, that you have the right aptitude and attitude. In my book, you do need some brains (though not as much as a rocket scientist), but more important, the three paramount qualities that you need are :

  • a desire to help others
  • a love for learning
  • a curiosity towards how diseases affect people

If its money you’re after, there’s a lot of other careers which are more lucrative; minus the sacrifice, effort and responsibilities of becoming a doctor!

3 responses

  1. As a fellow colleague, I echo your sentiments. Many a time, I have been asked by parents to persuade their children to take up medicine, but often, the reasons the kids give are all wrong!
    “so that I can earn more money” isn’t going to make them good doctors, much less causing them undue stress when reality sets in.
    Keep up your good work!

  2. Hi Doc,
    I must admit that I have not been really into blogging until I read your articles. What impressed me most is the amount of medical information available to a layman like me. Inspite of your busy schedule, you could still find time to share your knowledge & experience with us.
    Three cheers to you!!!

    Doctor2008 says: Thanks,I’m just delighted that we have converted you to a blogger!

  3. Hey Doc,
    Just want to tell you I look forward to your postings, esp for medical students. Keep them coming!

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