my bad, i thought it's very important for doctors to be altruistic and willing to serve the underserved. maybe i am just idealistic and have been sheltered from the cruelty of the real world.
Dunno if I'd call it the result of excessive sheltering, but I think you'll find that altruism isn't nearly as rampant in medicine as you'd expect. Idealistic, sure.
A local doc in practice for over a decade once told me how medicine is, for him, simply a means to an end (family, etc.). It is not, mind you, an end in itself.
God bless those that see it as such (die-hard surgeons, etc.). I'm just not one of them. It's a cool job with a lot of unique aspects to it - both good and bad - but at the end of the day, it's still a job, and one I would want to leave at the damn hospital.