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How did you go about answering the interview question, "why do you want to be a physician?"

I feel like I'm faced with two options:

1. Sound like an airhead
"I wanna be a doctor cuz I like science and I wanna help people."

2. Sound like a pompous self-indulgent loathsome gunner
"While engaging in several award-winning research projects, I found the saliance of the RAS oncogene to squamous cell carcinoma to be of the utmost interest to me. Therefore, I conclude that it would behoove me to partake in the pursuit of a discipline, the nature of which, would do justice to my intellectual prowess...."

Neither one of these vomit-inducing answers is very attractive. How did you approach the question, "why do you want to be a physician?"
 
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because my original plans of growing up to be a princess aren't working out.
 

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How did you go about answering the interview question, "why do you want to be a physician?"

I feel like I'm faced with two options:

1. Sound like an airhead
"I wanna be a doctor cuz I like science and I wanna help people."

2. Sound like a pompous self-indulgent loathsome gunner
"While engaging in several award-winning research projects, I found the saliance of the RAS oncogene to squamous cell carcinoma to be of the utmost interest to me. Therefore, I conclude that it would behoove me to partake in the pursuit of a discipline, the nature of which, would do justice to my intellectual prowess...."

Neither one of these vomit-inducing answers is very attractive. How did you approach the question, "why do you want to be a physician?"

LOL at the "utmost interest to me" part. I'd reject you on the spot if someone said something that dorky in an interview. :laugh:
 

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Geez, thanks for all the thoughtful answers! ;) Just kidding

I think the question was too personal for this forum. I'm sure you guys all have your own reasons, hopefully I can find ways to articulate mine as well.
 

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Geez, thanks for all the thoughtful answers! ;) Just kidding

I think the question was too personal for this forum. I'm sure you guys all have your own reasons, hopefully I can find ways to articulate mine as well.

Dude, honestly don't worry. Just think about it for a while. Be honest with yourself. Then just think of an outline of how you'd want to express yourself when asked during the interview. You'll get it soon enough. :thumbup:
 

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I did use the "help people" as an undertone to my answer. Honestly its not cheesy if you don't say, "I want to help people."

Throw in a personal story or volunteer experience that sets "helping people" medically away from helping them in another way: garbage collector, barista, waiter, librarian.
 

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I think the best answer is what is true. How did you actually decide that you wanted to become a doctor. If it really was just that doctors seem to make a lot of money and have power, then you are probably choosing the wrong profession. For most, their is a story of how it all came about.
 

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My answer:

I want to be a physician because I want to know how the human body works.

I want to be a physician because I enjoy learning about disease and how we can eliminate it.

I want to be a physician because I enjoy solving puzzles and playing detective. I want the gratification of discovering the cause of a patient's symptoms and coming up with the appropriate plan of action to fix them.

I want to be a physician so I can be in the position of trust that patients have in their health care provider. (And by extension, I want to be in medical school/residency/fellowship so I can make sure that trust isn't wasted.)

I want to be a physician so I can share in the camaraderie that exists between fellow doctors in a hospital environment.

I want to be a physician so I can wear the white coat. To be proud that I was capable of sacrificing so much in order to have a job that means far more to me than a mere salary.
 
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My answer:

I want to be a physician because I want to know how the human body works.

I want to be a physician because I enjoy learning about disease and how we can eliminate it.

I want to be a physician because I enjoy solving puzzles and playing detective. I want the gratification of discovering the cause of a patient's symptoms and coming up with the appropriate plan of action to fix them.

I want to be a physician so I can be in the position of trust that patients have in their health care provider. (And by extension, I want to be in medical school/residency/fellowship so I can make sure that trust isn't wasted.)

I want to be a physician so I can share in the camaraderie that exists between fellow doctors in a hospital environment.

I want to be a physician so I can wear the white coat. To be proud that I was capable of sacrificing so much in order to have a job that means far more to me than a mere salary.

Good answer. :thumbup:

For me the reasons are highly personal. I hate death in all its forms. I lost my dad and a slew of other people who were near and dear to me. I know I'll be fighting a losing battle, but I want to give the bitch hell while I'm on this earth.
 

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Just tell them it looked cool when you first considered it. It's the most honest answer one could give.
 

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I enjoy learning, and I want to go into a discipline that consists of learning throughout the rest of my life. However, I want to apply this earned intellect in practical situations.

I could go into astrophysics, engineering, and lots of other fields, but nothing is as hands on as being a practicing physician. And to add onto all of this, I enjoy helping people and am a pretty social person, and enjoy interacting with people, especially making them feel better in their bad times in life.
 

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The question isn't so much why I'd want to be a physician as it is why I'd want to be anything other than a physician.
 
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