christmas is so much worse as you get older it’s like “what do you want this year?” “a sense of purpose”
"a career" "financial security" "a sex life" "tuition for grad school" "alcohol" "a nap" "socks would be nice"
I remember when I thought people in their 20’s were adults. Now all of my friends are in their 20’s and everybody is just kind of fumbling around bumping into each other, trying to figure out where the free food is
Can I just repost this again and again
"You will get your heart broken. It will hurt. A lot. You will piece it back together and it will get shattered again. And again. And again. And it will hurt every time. Your heart will break over things that have nothing to do with significant others. You will have your heart broken when you don’t get the job you really wanted. You will have your heart broken when your parents get sick and you can’t fly home to see them. You will have your heart broken when your best friend moves away. But every time you do, that feeling is a reminder that you cared about something and you took a risk and you put yourself on the line and, most importantly, that you’re alive."
20 Things I’d Wish I’d Known at 20 (via quotethat)
What a fun question to answer! Thank you! :)
In no particular order (and trying to avoid simply writing a description of myself):
- An easy sense of humor — both about life, and about one’s own self. A doctor who takes himself too seriously is a burden to their colleagues, and a turn-off to their patients.
- A touch of idealism — Real life medicine will quickly wear away 95% of the idealistic vision which we all had before entering med school, but you have to keep at least a little faith in the Scientific Method and the prior experiences of those who have gone before you.
- Ability to boil down complicated concepts into simple terms — not only for the patient’s sake (cuz it doesn’t matter how smart you are, if the patient has no idea what you’re saying), but also for your own learning ability.
- Realistic goals for your personal life — Gone are the days when a doctor could work 3 half-days a week, golf twice a week, and own a mansion with 2 foreign sports cars in the garage and a yacht moored at a private dock. But doctors shouldn’t feel that they have to live at that socioeconomic level, and grind themselves away on the millstone of work accordingly — doctors should balance their work with their personal well-being (family, emotional, spiritual, and psychological). As physicians, we should provide good examples of balance, and not excess.
- Ability to interact productively with bizarre cultures — the smokers who don’t think cigarettes cause cancer, the parents who insist on antibiotics for runny noses, the diabetics who just don’t get it. Doctors need to be able to put aside their repulsion or disgust with their patients’ personalities and personal choices, and strive to find a common ground where at least small positive changes can occur. (OF COURSE, you can “vent” about the weirdos on Tumblr later, like I do!)
- EITHER a photographic memory with gigantic RAM and fantastic MhZ, OR a willingness to dedicate a few years to slowly and painstakingly forcing large amounts of scientific knowledge and skills into your brain, sacrificing fun times and finances and easy living, while not being depressed by the realization that your sacrifices will be rarely appreciated by the people who will benefit from them.
- Keen sense of discernment — as you undergo the rigors of medical education, you will meet all sorts of “teachers” and “doctors” — and not all of them will be useful role models. You must be like a heron: standing knee-deep in the river of examples and admonishments which will flow over and around you, watching with a keen eye and a ready beak to grasp the valuable nuggets and letting the rest of the CRAP flow downstream.
- Acknowledgement of (if not Appreciation for) a spiritual component to medicine and patients — Despite the way that medical/scientific training tends to pound out any aspects of “faith” or “moral value” from us, doctors must recognize that “There are more things in heaven and earth … than are dreamt of in (our) philosophy." Surveys show that many (most?) of our patients believe in a form of God or Higher Being, the power of prayer, and the importance of "living right" for better health. Doctors who are able to see the world through the dual viewpoints of Science and Faith will not only connect more easily with their patients, but will also find greater satisfaction and reassurance in their daily battle against dis-ease and death.
- An internal desire to become a doctor — If you become a doctor because “your parents are doctors” or “my best friend is going to med school so maybe I should too” or “that’s what everyone expects me to do”, you will burn out. You need to WANT to do it, to become a constantly-learning never-appreciated always-expected-to-be-perfect icon. Only an internal motivation will get you through 3rd year of med school, much less intern year!
Thanks again for tossing me such a fun question to mess around with. Good luck, Wannabe!
Edit: Kategator pointed out that this question sounded like an application essay question — hmm, good point! I better get some credit if you get into med school based on the awesomeness of my answer, Wannabe! :)
I still think this was somebody’s quick-n-easy way to apply to a school somewhere by using my words. I hope Alternate Me is getting good grades and impressing all the professors. :)