It has been quite a while since i came here. I was just busy with exams and ucas. But I thought that today i will review my reasons of why I am so passionate about medicine. You might have heard a lot of people say who have parents as doctors that their parents inspired them and that they were passionate about medicine since childhood. Mine might sound like a similar story. My father is a doctor and that naturally attracted me towards medicine even when I was a child. However a child’s mind is not very mature and at that tender age my reasons for being attracted towards medicine stemmed totally from the fact that I thought all doctors do is save many lives everyday and get many rewards, amounting to a great satisfaction in their lives.
However as I grew up I learnt a lot more about medicine and that it is not all about rewards. I was never very passionate about medicine in childhood, but I did have a certain attraction towards it. As I grew up that feeling got stronger and I realised that medicine is the right career for me. I got to know a lot about the harsh realities of medicine as a career from my dad himself. But a lot of the knowledge came from surfing the internet and doing my own research. My dad would always come home with a fascinating story to tell of how he saved someone’s life after a serious complication and how that gave him great satisfaction. However some days he would also come home very tired from his hectic routine where he perhaps did not achieve what he wanted to. But mostly I heard about the positive side of medicine from him. I realised that there are some difficulties in medicine as well; such as the long hours, hectic routine (also depending on the specialty), the many problems doctors face today and the tough decision making that doctors have to sometimes do which can sometimes go wrong.
I learnt that the reason my father often mentioned only the positive side of medicine was because despite all the hurdles that the doctors have to overcome and the stress they undergo from their daily routine, the rewards still make you feel very great about yourself and make you forget the difficulties you faced because they were worth it. As they say, “All’s well that end’s well.” And that is what happens a lot of the times in medicine as well.
When I realised that despite all the difficulties there are great rewards and at the end of the day the satisfaction of helping people is what matters most to a doctor, It helped me decide that I also want to become a doctor. There are many other reasons as well which I will outline briefly in the coming paragraphs but I can never say enough about medicine so I will try to outline the main points succinctly. But before I do that I mentioned earlier the difficulties that doctors face today. And I think the major difficulty doctors face today are when dealing with patients.
Awareness of one’s health and treatments for common diseases is much more prominent today than it ever was. People are now a lot more aware of the risks they face in daily lives and the simple things that can sometimes be done to avoid complications or illnesses. Although this is a very good thing and a major improvement in today’s times, but it comes with its own challenges. I think the greatest challenge today is that the internet can give you a whole range of unfiltered information, some of which may be wrong or misleading in some cases. Patients will now tend to trust their own research and knowledge more than the doctor, in many cases. When going to the doctor, they might expect to get a similar diagnoses to what their friends or family gave them or be suggested a treatment that they think will work for them. Or in some cases expect to hear that they don’t need treatment at this stage when they do. Patients are also a lot more aware of their rights and the fact that the doctor is obliged to take an informed consent from the patient whenever he can and explain the procedure, in cases when surgery is needed, and what are the risks involved.
Whereas in the past, patients had full trust in the doctor and it was unheard of to question anything the doctor had said, nowadays this is being increasingly seen. Sometimes patients can be very difficult and unco-operative, not realising the urgency of the situation or the seriousness of their illness. This can prove to be difficult for doctors. Although this is not always the case and in developing countries, although patients are many times more reluctant for treatment because of lack of awareness of the advantages and risks, they still trust the doctor more and are not aware of their rights as a patient.
Consequently, patients may many times be misguided by the doctor regarding their treatment, in developing countries, but that is an issue that I want to dwell on in greater depth in a seperate post at a later date. Coming back to the topic at hand, although doctor face these and many more challenges such as having to deal with more administrative tasks and having to deal with salesmen and drug companies knocking at their door, however I think that being a doctor involves not just having the knowledge and skill to ‘save lives’ and deal with real-life scenarios in an effective and responsible manner, but also involves having good interpersonal skills when dealing with patients and having a very caring and empathetic approach towards patients that can convince patients that they can trust you.
Furthermore, other than the rewards that doctors reap from their hard work and commitment which is one reason for me wanting to be a doctor, there are some other reasons which I want to outline. I also feel that I have the personal qualities that would make me a good doctor. I realised this while working in a care home and doing my hospital work experiences as well as doing charity work and playing a supportive role as a St John’s cadet. Also, while working as part of a team in Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Level, I realised that I have the interpersonal skills, the caring and empathetic approach to other people, and the ability to work as part of a team and support other team members. I will deal with my activites and work experience in a seperate blog post but I wanted to outline that as a reason for wanting to be a doctor, because of what I feel I can give to medicine.
Moreover, while on my work experience in Pakistan, I was deeply saddened by the difficulties many people in the general population face there, especially financial difficulties, and it motivated me to want to help people in my country, sometime in the future when I become a doctor. It would also depend on my specialty and the practicalities of the set-up in Pakistan, but I had a great desire to go there someday as a fully trained doctor, and perhaps open up a free clinic there to help the extremely poor but needy in Pakistan.
On the other hand, if i really want to help people I could go into law or nursing. At one point i was also actually considering law. But then when I took up my Alevel Studies, i realised that as well as the desire to help people, my passion was also to study science alongside that and learn about the fascinating workings of the human body. But i did not want to purely study science with no clinical environment to apply that knowledge in and support my primary motivation which was to help people. Answering the questions of why I do not want to become a nurse, is that although I like the aspect of their job which helps people as well but a doctor is more involved in the decision-making process regarding the patient as well as the diagnoses of disease and the decision involving treatment, while being the leader of the whole team that supports a patient. And I liked those aspects of a doctor’s job that make them unique to a nurse’s job which is also driven by a motivation to help people.
I think I have outlined the main reasons I want to do medicine, and for now I will bid goodbye but from now on I will try and keep updating regularly on this blog. So watch this space! But in the meanwhile all the want-to-be doctors out there can share with me their motivations behind wanting to become a doctor. Please drop in your comments everyone!