A friend of mine emailed me this article today, telling me to never lose sight of what is important in the medical field. It got me thinking about what I have in store for me in my carrer. To put it concisely, it’s easy to lose focus amidst all the studying, paperwork, and bureaucratic maze that characterize medicine today. However, I feel that those who chose to enter the profession for the right reasons, among them being an unyielding dedication to patient care, would not resent their career choices. In fact, I feel what distinguishes the best from the average physician is the one doctor who comes each day with a renewed sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference, regardless of how naive that desire may be.
I’ll end this note with a quote from the article that really sums up what medicine is all about—something that characterizes the distinguished few students, physicians, nurses, and allied-health professionals who are happy to show up to work everyday:
“The awe of discovering the human body. The honor of being trusted to give advice. The gratitude for helping someone through a difficult illness. These things never grow old.”