What do you think the hardest part of being a doctor will be?

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Was at a gathering for the SVA yesterday and I made a remark about how it was too bad we couldn't offer some healthy alternatives to the garbage we were serving up to our guests (cake, ice cream and soda) and you would have thought I just said that we faked the moon landings by the reactions everyone had.

So in a word, apathy will be the hardest thing for me. The idea that some people don't care about their health at all is mind boggling to me. I understand ignorance, because that can be alleviated by education. When you tell someone smoking is affiliated with multiple health issues and they realize they should quit, then that to me is a normal reaction. When you tell a patient the same thing and they reply with "well, I'm just taking the crappy years off my life anyway, I'd rather die young before I get too old," then I realize that the good god Darwin is still alive and doing his thing....
 

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Working in a hospital I see this sort of behavior all the time. An ICU patient demanding to walk down to the hospital park to smoke, and they come back blaming God for their health. My favorite are the patients that have the 44 oz. big gulp coke and are diabetic. From my experience, they all will agree this or that is bad in regards to someone else's health, but they are the exception.


Was at a gathering for the SVA yesterday and I made a remark about how it was too bad we couldn't offer some healthy alternatives to the garbage we were serving up to our guests (cake, ice cream and soda) and you would have thought I just said that we faked the moon landings by the reactions everyone had.

So in a word, apathy will be the hardest thing for me. The idea that some people don't care about their health at all is mind boggling to me. I understand ignorance, because that can be alleviated by education. When you tell someone smoking is affiliated with multiple health issues and they realize they should quit, then that to me is a normal reaction. When you tell a patient the same thing and they reply with "well, I'm just taking the crappy years off my life anyway, I'd rather die young before I get too old," then I realize that the good god Darwin is still alive and doing his thing....
 

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When you tell someone smoking is affiliated with multiple health issues and they realize they should quit, then that to me is a normal reaction.
Let me help you get over this problem now.

People know that the things they do (smoking, overeating, sedentary lifestyle, sugary drinks, alcoholism, drug addiction) are bad for their health. They already know they should quit. You telling them something is bad for them will never, ever make them "realize they should quit." Part of your job will be convincing them that it's not too late, it's possible, it's been done before, and there's a lot of help out there for them.
 
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Let me help you get over this problem now.

People know that the things they do (smoking, overeating, sedentary lifestyle, sugary drinks, alcoholism, drug addiction) are bad for their health. They already know they should quit. You telling them something is bad for them will never, ever make them "realize they should quit." Part of your job will be convincing them that it's not too late, it's possible, it's been done before, and there's a lot of help out there for them.
Like when you are drinking a soda and someone says to you, did you know soda is unhealthy and there is a new study linking it to heart disease? Yes, I ****ing know. Thanks.
 

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Like when you are drinking a soda and someone says to you, did you know soda is unhealthy and there is a new study linking it to heart disease? Yes, I ****ing know. Thanks.
Or someone that says "oh your drinking Diet Coke it is so bad for you - worse than regular soda"
Like, no.


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Was at a gathering for the SVA yesterday and I made a remark about how it was too bad we couldn't offer some healthy alternatives to the garbage we were serving up to our guests (cake, ice cream and soda) and you would have thought I just said that we faked the moon landings by the reactions everyone had.

So in a word, apathy will be the hardest thing for me. The idea that some people don't care about their health at all is mind boggling to me. I understand ignorance, because that can be alleviated by education. When you tell someone smoking is affiliated with multiple health issues and they realize they should quit, then that to me is a normal reaction. When you tell a patient the same thing and they reply with "well, I'm just taking the crappy years off my life anyway, I'd rather die young before I get too old," then I realize that the good god Darwin is still alive and doing his thing....

getting in! lol

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Going from the idealism to the banality of everyday medical practice. It is easy to loose context of what it is you are doing. Every patient treated becoming a series of abstract actions that seem to have no connection to health and well being for the person. Politics of Medical Staff Offices in smaller hospitals.
 
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THIS!!!! The paperwork, meetings, insurance/gov, and related BS will occupy at varying times 20-50% plus of your time. You think you are becoming a physician to doctor people, but too often you get stuck doing everything else.
 

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