About being a doctor
September 25, 2007 2:20pm CST
Throughout my life I was wondering what makes someone choose to be a doctor? What makes you spend large portion of life studying to get a medical degree and then work in a stressful environment for the rest of your life? I don't think that "helping others" or "being humane to others" would give a good answer for all instances. Share your thoughts and let me know what you think.
7 Oct 07
i happen to be a doctor and a neurologist in particular. It is very difficult explaining why I decided to become a doctor. Since I can remember, I wanted to be a doctor and a neurologist and I knew I was going to be a doctor. Because it was my inner nature, because I liked taking care of others, because I felt I could do a great work in taking care of them and because I loved the research backgroung each clinical action requires...I am still in love with my profession and I love studying our brain and muscles and nerves...and when I can do only a little thing for another person, well this helps me to go on and face all the sacrifies that I have to cope with.
7 Oct 07
Thanks for your response. Actually the reason I've started this discussion is that I wanted to shed some light on the relation between medical practice and the financial income. I feel sometimes that some doctors do this job just for money. They work as "technician doctor", treating the patients without a feelings and without giving the patient the time to express himself as a human being and not just a disease! I am a doctor myself and I am trying to keep the balance between my internal personal needs and the humane demands of this career which prompt me to be a caring human being before being the patient's doctor. By the way, my areas of interest are neurology,child psychiatry and paediatrics. I am considering my choices still and would love to do neurology and psychiatry together or child psychiatry and paediatrics. (Out of the topic,how long does it take in Italy to finish neurology program? what is the toughest thing about the neurology practice?)
7 Oct 07
hi dear colleague I am happy to meet you. So you have just finished your degree in medicine and are still considering what to specialise in??? Of course I am here to strongly recommend neurology. The worst thing in neurological clinical practise is that you have to learn that you will spend most of your time making a diagnosis and not giving a therapy because there is still so much to learn and find about nervous system. But you will learn that you can soothe with a word and of course you can participate in the research and the struggle to find new causes and new therapies. In Italy you need five years to become a neurologist. Please write me again for any other information. I will be happy to share my knowledge with you and i hope we can become friends.