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    What is your motivation in becoming a doctor?

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    Hi,

    I was just wondering what are some of your motivation in becoming doctors. You will spend 4 years in medical school plus a minimum of 3 years doing residency working close to 130 hour work weeks. You will probably never see your family during that time.

    What is your real motivation? I have heard so many. I heard helping people, but that is too broad. You can work for the peace crops and help people. Some peopel tell me money, but if you take a look an entrepreneur makes a lot more money than a doctor and if he ever takes his company public, he'll make much more.

    Please share with me, what is your true motivation for becoming a doctor?

    Thanks

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    Hehehe

    I have alot of reasons, maybe soon I will write an essay an post it, but it will take me a while.

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    Please do

    Hi,

    Take your time and please write. I would love to hear yours.

    thanks

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    Motivation

    I think the true motivation lies somewhere in between. Let me first put things a bit more realistically. Nobody works 130 hours a week. It used to be close to 100 hours per week for some people. There are a lot of new rules governing residents work hours. Now you can no longer do more than 80 hours per week (wimps). And you can't work more than 24 hours in a row. That is a little off the topic, though.

    I did it becasue I love the sciences, in particular biology. I also enjoy being challanged. At the same time I like interacting with people. I have a short attention span (ADD) so I don't like doing one particular thing for very long. I enjoy teaching as well. I also like Ferraris. I won't lie. I like expensive things. Rolexes, smoking home theater systems etc. I'm not ashamed of that. What was a logical step?

    So i needed to find a fast paced job the was heavy in science, allowed me to interact with people, and paid really well. I don't mind working hard if I like what I am doing, and I like being my own boss. What could I do. Medicine suits my personality in a great way.

    I think the helping people excuse is a bit weak. I feel good when I can make people feel better, and try to do the best job I can. I am concerned about the well-being of my patients. I couldn't do this job is I didn't love the challenges that it poses, though. Those 100 hour weeks sucked. I did miss my family, and when I was home I was often tired and cranky.

    Now I am out in the real world. I love what I do. I feel like I walk around and talk to people all day. I meet a lot of interesting people. I discuss the scientific aspects of medicine with my colleagues in the office and in the hospital. I solve problems. I teach patients about disease and how to prevent it, I teach students and residents. I make good money, have financial security and a recession-proof job. Best of all I do all this for about 45 hours/week. Most of my weekends are free. I spend my evenings and weekends playing with my son. Not to sound corny, but my life is awesome. I can't imagine doing anything else. What could be better? G
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    your own practice?

    Hi,

    You said that you liked being my own boss. Did you start your own practice after residency? If you did what hurdles did you have to overcome to start your own medical practice?

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    Wow, that was long

    I just got finished writing it out, and it is so long, I think I'll just PM it to you, so I don't clutter up the boards with that much more of my personal babbling.

    Anyone else who would like it, please PM me or post here, and I'll send it to you. malus, you also have my permission to send it to anyone who asks for it.

    Get a bowl of popcorn and get ready for a long read!

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    Thank you

    Thank you I look forward to reading it.

    Thanks

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    My Motivations ...

    My motivations are a mixture of desire to help needy people and to do work that will challenge me and keep my interest thoughout life - surely the wellbeing of others should require my interest. I hope to do at least a few years of mission work and provide healthcare to those who wouldn't otherwise have an available doctor. Why did I choose medicine as my way to reach out others? Because of my interest in sciences, my desire to work with people, and my intentions of promoting something as important as health to patients. I was lucky to have been raised in a privileged situation where food, shelter, safety, and healthcare was not a concern and if I can make personal sacrifices to help others in more difficult situations, I'M IN!

    I also come from a long line of docs - uncles, cousins, and grandfather, and my great grandfather was Dean of Med at U of Michigan. This family connection with the profession always kept me fascinated with medicine and as I took more and more science classes I knew I would follow the family tradition.

    ... All the connections still didn't ofset the rogering I took on the Verbal Reasoning section on the MCAT. So I'm left with the uncertainty of US admission if I retake the MCAT, or I can attend school out of the country. I think that was the best thing for me - now I ask myself how much do I really want to be a doctor and help the needy. It was a difficult decision, but I'm going for it and I'm sure I'll succeed.

    I wish you the best in your decision, because as you mentioned it is a very big sacrifice on your part.

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    130 hrs a week?

    I remember the most I ever worked was during one NICU month as a resident. There was just 1 resident that month instead of the usual 2. No fellow.
    That meant double work for me. I was coming in every day at 400 AM and going home at 6 at night plus doing a 1 in 3. I think that was like 115 hrs. It sucked. I felt like an animal, only dirtier and grouchier.
    I'm not sure but I think I wore the same pair of socks for 7 days straight since I was too tired to take them off or to take a shower. Needless to say, I was extremely popular with the nurses and families~.
    My dream was to get edible socks so I could both see my feet and get dinner

    130 hrs, I'd quit.
    Nowadays, it's 80 hrs max for residents.
    (Only the old fart attendings are allowed to work 100 and even then it's people like me that moonlight a lot of nights. I wouldn't want to join a practice where I was working 100 hrs a week. Some jobs like neurosurgery have these types of hours, but most it's 50-80)

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    My Reason

    Hi all,
    After reading through all the posts posted by my fellow members, I have realized that my reasons for becoming a Doc are very much similar to others and are scattered in other replies. Here are some of my reasons:

    1. Money, Money, and Money. There is no doubt about it. This is the first thing 90% of people jump into this profession.

    2. Except my dad everyone in my family is a Doc. So, I couldn't help myself staying out of this field. I even tried by doing Bachelors in Computer Science, but my aunt gave me a long lecture just three weeks back and now I'm back into medical field and preparing for MCAT

    3. While working as an intern for VW in web programming, I realized that most of the time I help try to help out others in fixing their problems. Everytime my fellow worker asked me for help, I helped. So, I guess I learned it the hard way that I like helping others and believe me it is a gr8 feeling when you solve others' problems. My belief is the feeling of helping patients would be even better because the patient will remember it for the rest of his/her life.

    4. Everyone is finanacially strong in my family becoz of their profession (Docs). So, I had no other choice but to become a Doc in order to make equal money.

    5. I know how hard my parents worked to satisfy our (me, bro, and sis) financial expenses. So, I want them to have a better life now.

    6. Don't you think the above reasons are enough to support my decission????

    Thanks for your time and attention 8)

    Cheers..............
    ML

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