I talked to a premed advisor a few days ago, and the first question he asked me was basically why medicine? Before today, I thought my reasons for going into medicine were...at least adequate. It's something like two parts--I like the intellectual challenge and the interaction with people (well that's the idea behind my reason, not how I'd word it...). My advisor basically said my reason sucks and I have no idea why I want to pursue medicine. ouch. I had thought after another year and more clinical experience/shadowing etc, I would have a very solid answer to that question if I were asked at an interview or something, but now I'm torn between whether I actually know enough about medicine after a year of clinical experience to know that I want to pursue it, or...that I really have no idea why I want to do it. Do I have no reason, or is it because I just tend to sound unsure when I talk (when I don't pay attention to it). So, what I wanna ask is, what's a good answer to the question "why medicine"? Things like "to help people"...do whoever is asking that question actually take you seriously if you say something like that?? I'm going to get as much clinical exposure I can to make my reasons more solid, but it seems like my motivation to pursue medicine will never have a "wow" factor to it. Do you really need a story like how fighting x disease with the help of Dr. y really made you want to be a doctor etcetc...? Thanks in advance for any advice.