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I try to tell people interested in going into medicine: If there is anything else that you would rather do, then go do it. If medicine is it then it is right for you. You will have no regrets.
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I used to carry a one-way ticket on the train of thought that you shouldn’t pursue medicine if there is anything else you could imagine yourself doing. I actually chose “medzealot” as a handle and a blog name when I was in that phase. I thought only people with zeal–with true passion for everything entailed in the practice of medicine–should consider it as a career.
Various things have changed my opinion on this. One is spending time with multi-talented, multifaceted people who would make brilliant doctors, and would enjoy it, but have chosen to pursue other things.
Similarly, I’ve been intrigued by doctors who have many non-medical pursuits and talents that they’ve successfully balanced with their medical careers.
If medicine is the “one and only,” that’s great. It makes the decision a no-brainer. But there are people in this world who have an amazing breadth of talents and interests, who could have successful, fulfilling careers in medicine, or in something else. Honestly, I think we’d be lucky if more of those people chose medicine, rather than stayed away from it.
I do think it is very appropriate for people who are unsure about medicine to pursue other interests first.
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