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For some reason, "Why do you want to be a doctor?" is a tough question for me.... I know I want to be one... I know the profession fascinates me and I feel a natural/ innate/fundamental/basic pull toward it, but what kind of answer is that? I've got to come up with a better one. I know the answer is very individualized, but sometimes hearing others opinions and inspirations can fuel your own... Responses???:rolleyes:
 

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I've asked two doctors who are on two separate admissions committees why they wanted to be a doctor and they both said..."it was like a calling", they couldn't really quantify it any better than that. Looking back at your shadowing experiences, etc see what you liked about those and maybe write about that. It doesn't say anywhere that you have to have a traumatic experience in your life to want to be a doctor...just do your best to explain "the calling". best of luck
 
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So vive... what's your answer???
 
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This is a clip-n-paste from my response to a previous post... I hope this helps...
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This is why you need to be a life-long learner. It only gets harder and harder. I'm a resident now, and it's amazing how much stuff I still need to learn! I'm 31 and still reading, studying, and taking exams.

However, I still wouldn't trade careers. I love it. It's truly amazing how privileged physicians are. Here's a story of why I love this responsibility.

I'm on call tonight. It's mid-night and I get a call from a local ER doc. He tells me that he's sending to the eye clinic a kid who was making a potato launcher with his dad. They were using glue and some welding device to seal the joints. Guess what happened? The pseudo-pipe bomb blew up and pasted hot glue onto this kid's eyes, covering the cornea of both eyes.

When I saw him, he was hand motions in the right eye and 20/100 in the left. It looked like black tar on this kid's corneas. I've never seen anything like it. Mom was really upset. Both parents were worried to death that their kid was going to be blind. I called the senior resident, and she has never seen anything like this too. We decide to irrigate in attempt to peel away this gooey tar from the eyes. If this didn't work, then we would take him to the OR for surgical debridement. We used 1 L normal saline bottles and poked a hole at the bottom. We washed out his eye and after a few bottles, the black, gooey glue finally started to come off. His cornea still looks pretty bad, but it will probably heal. His left eye now sees 20/20 but the right eye is only 20/125.

It was rewarding to be able to intervene and help this kid. Both parents were relieved that we were able to remove this burnt glue from the eyes. He was seeing better now too. I had to reassure his parents and explain that the next few days and weeks will be critical to see how his cornea heals. There's no guarantee, but he's not going to be blind.

There's no other job that would let you touch people's lives like this. Eye sight is such a valuable thing. It's amazing how upset parents get when they think their child might be blind. Truly amazing roles physicians have.

So when you're feeling down about the studying and the work load. Try to remember what the ultimate goal is. It's all about being the best possible and most compassionate physician that you can be for your patient! It's worth all the work.

For me, it's the ability to meld my thirst for scientific knowledge with the ability to make a difference in other people's lives. No other career will provide this degree of responsibility and challenge.
 

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Originally posted by Ophtho_MudPhud
This is a clip-n-paste from my response to a previous post... I hope this helps...
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For me, it's the ability to meld my thirst for scientific knowledge with the ability to make a difference in other people's lives. No other career will provide this degree of responsibility and challenge.

This was excellent and well said doc.
 

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Nice answer by Chandler below. Just remember if you can't answer this question ON YOUR OWN in your future, you will be VERY, VERY MISERABLE as a pre-med, medical student, or as a physician. It is better to be happy in something less glamourous rather than as a BITTER physician. Check out his answer to "Why do you want to be a Doctor?"


Originally posted by chandler742
SOMEONE on here once said, "The answer has to come from within"

He or she hit the nail on the head. I believe the reason so many people ask you this question is because you will INEVITABLY ask yourself this QUESTION MANY, MANY times in med school and as a physician. A DOCTOR'S LIFESTYLE IS VERY LABORIOUS.

In med school, you will ask yourself this question when you are memorizing gross anatomy late into the night, while your friends may be out partying or having fun. I haven't met one person that consider a date with a histology, anatomy, or biochem book on a friday and saturday night FUN!! However, it comes with the territory.

EVEN IF you are very intelligent, medical school is VERY TAXING because MEMORIZING DETAILS is not a function of intelligence. Memorizing is a function of work ethic. This is one reason your ORGANIC CHEMISTRY grade is so important in your application.

One can even argue that being TOO INTELLIGENT is a hinderance because MEMORIZING names of structures may be too boring for the brightest students.

My point is this, it takes a lot of discipline to shun some of the conveniences and liberties that we hold dear. This is where your true motivation will come into play. THE SHEER VOLUME of the material in medical school means YOU WILL HAVE NO LIFE. If you truly want to become a physician for a valid reason you will make sure you study ALL THE TIME.

Moreover, All people aspiring to be physicians hit a WALL sometime in their career whether it be in undergrad, med school, or even as a doctor. They go through soul searching expeditions to ask "WHY DO I WANT TO BE A DOCTOR"

If you answer this question HONESTLY and SUCCESSFULLY than Adversity is a piece of cake.

However, if you were attracted to the artificial fruits of medicine i.e. fancy cars you will be miserable (EVEN AS A physician).

Just remember, PHYSICIANS have one of the highest drug abuse, suicide rate, and divorce rate of all fields.

WHY YOU ASK?

This is because many got what they wished for i.e. they became a DOCTOR.

Guess what? Their motivation wasn't for the right reasons.

Just remember the old adage. Be careful what you wish for BECAUSE IT MAY COME TRUE. In this case, you might be "stuck" in a miserable life as a doctor because your motivation for medicine was ARTIFICIAL.
 
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