Originally Posted by txz4
I have to ask, just due to the semi cryptic nature, what ARE the right reasons? My Grandfather was a very successful doctor when he was practicing and he often speaks to me of the people he knew who got into the field for the wrong reasons and weren't happy or particularly good for it.
Im not getting into the field for money, im walking away from becoming the CEO of a company for this. Im not looking to save everyone's life like some delusional view of being a doctor is. I am however looking to use my talents and skills to do good in life while also doing something personally fulfilling. I feel that this field will do just that in one degree or another. Of course thats my candid opinion on the subject.
I guess it's hard to determine what the right reasons are, just make sure it's not the wrong reasons. For ex:
2) Prestige/Ego (some people just want that DR.)
3) Family pressures (heavy in various cultures)
4) Being in a science program and having no sense of direction (obviously not your case)
The whole saving people's lives things makes me laugh always. I know each interviewer see's things differently, but if somebody was trying to explain to me that they want to get into ped's/FM to save lives I'm not sure how I'd respond. I might ask them why they didn't become a firefighter or work with an emergency response team. I feel like "SAVING LIVES" is a bit egotistical and I'd never use that quote.
Much of what you said is very similar to how I felt before starting medical school so that's good to hear!