I was raised to believe that you don't talk about politics or religion unless you're ready for an argument. Being a libertarian-conservationist agnostic-hindu-buddhist, I'm used to disagreeing with everyone in the room on these issues, including myself. Politics of a left-leaning nature seem to be brought up with distressing frequency throughout the interview trail. Mostly by residents and interviewees but by attendings as well. I think it's the almost dismissive way its brought up that most bothers me, as if there's no way anyone in the world would disagree with their viewpoint. As if championing universal health care or believing Obama is 'inspiring' is something that everyone can agree on, like the sky being blue. Having gone to the ivy league and lived in London, I'm used to having different political views from the majority of people I'm surrounded by. Living in the bible belt, the same thing applies. But one thing I've rarely seen before is the casual nature in which it seems to be assumed that everyone holds the same political views they do, and that there is no intellectual reason to believe in a different guiding principle. Maybe it's because I'm used to being a minority in matters of politics. Maybe it's because if I just dismissed anyone of a different political bent than myself I wouldn't have my two best friends (both raving hippies). Maybe it's because I realize that bringing up matters that most people disagree with me on is hardly the way to build bridges with those same people. I dunno. Am I missing something? Is a desire to go into psychiatry somehow wedded to 'progressivism'? Can I not be a psychiatrist if I believe that universal health rationing isn't the answer? Should I wait out a year and figure out what specialty I'm really meant for?