Becoming an efficient doctor is not everyone’s cup of tea. Unfortunately, due to the reservation, India is losing many efficient doctors every year. The brilliant minds are leaving the country. We are left with the doctors who have the half knowledge, who gives wrong medicine for a concerned disease, who are interested more in taking payments than curing disease, who don’t know even how to do a blood test.
However, there are few great souls who remain to stay in India despite many problems that doctor faces every day. And we are grateful to them ever. National doctors day is celebrated every year all across India on 1st of July to provide honor to the most famous and legendary physician as well as 2nd Chief Minister of the West Bengal, Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. He was also honored with the great Indian civilian award called Bharat Ratna on 4th of February in 1961. On this occasion, we would like to bring out 12 things that all doctors have experienced.
1. Even The Most Intelligent Students Who Graduated With Ease May Find Medical School To Be An Entirely Different Level Of Rigor
Dr. Richard Beddingfield, author of Med School Uncensored said, “I underestimated how hard medical school is. The sheer amount of information, the time most students have to study in order to stay on top of things, and the frequency of exams during the first two pre-clinical years can be overwhelming to even the highest-caliber students”.
He goes on to explain that “For most students, medical school is the first experience in which they work very hard academically and still may be nothing more than average in the class.”
2. Even Though Medical School Is Rigorous, You Can Have Social Life In Medical School
Usually, people underestimate the social life of medical students, particularly during the first two years. But they will have post-exam parties and post-lecture happy hours.
3. With Whom You Are Associating Matters A Lot
This is TRUE not only in this field but also in every other field. With whom you are doing friendship shapes your fate and attitude. Whether you accept it or not, this is the blunt truth.
Dr. Alex Roher, a board-certified Anesthesiologist, and founder of SD Botox said “Your dinner conversations will never be the same again,” he said he had become accustomed to grossing out his non-medical friends.
4. It Is Important To Decide On Speciality Very Earlier
The rat race doesn’t stop with acceptance to med school. Aspiring doctors need to think about long-term decisions, like which medical specialty you would like to pursue.
5. If Salary Is Your Sole Motivator, You May End Up Sorely Disillusioned
People are obsessed with salary and power. 80% of the people opt for IAS only to enjoy mini-celebrity status. The remaining very few ones sincerely dedicate their life to service. Even in that only 10% remain honest and dedicated throughout their career.
Just like that, in the medical field too, if salary is your sole motivator, you may end up sorely disillusioned.
Dr. Beddingfield states, “The stereotype of the ‘rich doctor’ isn’t nearly as universal or straightforward as most people think.” Between the financial burden of medical school and the time spent completing courses, residency, and training, don’t expect a career in medicine to be a get-rich-quick scheme.
6. You Will See Yourself Different When You Graduate From Medical School
Medical school is intensive and rigorous that your stamina and determination will be tested time and time again. You will have plenty of late nights studying during school, and several overnight shifts during your residency.
“The sleep deprivation experienced in medical school, residency training, and medical practice can significantly change a person’s personality,” says Dr. Bernard Remakus, an Internist, and author.