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    Character Qualities of the Average Doctor?

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    Hello everyone.

    I'm debating on whether I should study medicine or not, or rather put - if it's suitable for me.

    I might be completely wrong about this, but I basically believe that medicine is a profession that actually requires some defined characteristics among the students and doctors-to be. If you're lacking this certain qualities, perhaps you're not up to medicine.
    This qualities are not necessarily related to studying habits. I've been thinking the lines of diligent, assertive, patient and tolerant, one who is not deterred by anything, and so on.
    So, bottom line - someone who's ready to give up his whole life just to practice medicine, thinks it's his life's call and purpose, is willing to suffer and still smile altogether.
    Perhaps I'm drawling to myself pictures of a "perfect being", as doctor were considered especially in the past, and as a result it's easy to find my characteristic flaws that deter me from applying to medical school. Because sometimes I'm indifferent, surfing in my own philosophical kind of world, easy-going, just want to chill out with music and my guitar, want to have some freedom and space up a little, and not so tolerant about stupidity and insolence. I'm also quite shy, although I've been tutoring and instructing first aid to the vast population and dealt with medics.

    Since I'm little, studying medicine has been an erotic attraction of mine. As I grew up, while many reasons did pile up as to why I shouldn't study medicine and go for hi tech, I started evaluating this profession from various perspectives- the mental qualities it demands, the tremendous contribution of helping people get better and enjoy life, and how it overly brings out the best of people, and not just deepen their pockets (like in hi tech). I've been talking to many students - and they are just good people. And whilst it's not the strongest part of me, I do share the qualities of feeling euphoria when I see I actually helped someone out, made him wiser with a choice of advice, listening patiently to other people's problem (lots of people say I should study psychology heh), and even berate myself if there's an old man getting on the bus, and I don't offer my seat immediately.

    I know it's a weird question - but is there any guidelines of who fits to be a doctor personality-wise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Custom View Post
    Hello everyone.

    I'm debating on whether I should study medicine or not, or rather put - if it's suitable for me.

    I might be completely wrong about this, but I basically believe that medicine is a profession that actually requires some defined characteristics among the students and doctors-to be. If you're lacking this certain qualities, perhaps you're not up to medicine.
    This qualities are not necessarily related to studying habits. I've been thinking the lines of diligent, assertive, patient and tolerant, one who is not deterred by anything, and so on.
    So, bottom line - someone who's ready to give up his whole life just to practice medicine, thinks it's his life's call and purpose, is willing to suffer and still smile altogether.
    Perhaps I'm drawling to myself pictures of a "perfect being", as doctor were considered especially in the past, and as a result it's easy to find my characteristic flaws that deter me from applying to medical school. Because sometimes I'm indifferent, surfing in my own philosophical kind of world, easy-going, just want to chill out with music and my guitar, want to have some freedom and space up a little, and not so tolerant about stupidity and insolence. I'm also quite shy, although I've been tutoring and instructing first aid to the vast population and dealt with medics.

    Since I'm little, studying medicine has been an erotic attraction of mine. As I grew up, while many reasons did pile up as to why I shouldn't study medicine and go for hi tech, I started evaluating this profession from various perspectives- the mental qualities it demands, the tremendous contribution of helping people get better and enjoy life, and how it overly brings out the best of people, and not just deepen their pockets (like in hi tech). I've been talking to many students - and they are just good people. And whilst it's not the strongest part of me, I do share the qualities of feeling euphoria when I see I actually helped someone out, made him wiser with a choice of advice, listening patiently to other people's problem (lots of people say I should study psychology heh), and even berate myself if there's an old man getting on the bus, and I don't offer my seat immediately.

    I know it's a weird question - but is there any guidelines of who fits to be a doctor personality-wise?
    Hi Custom,

    I understand where you are coming. Studying is not for the half hearted. When you choose your path in becoming a medic or physician, you will have to full on. I don't believe there is one perfect fit of personality in becoming a doctor. Afterall, we are all have different backgrounds and interests. But, there are certain traits that all medics or health related workers should have- for example empathy and mental toughness. For medics, you will undergo a rigourous training (medical degree is by no mean the easiest course to do and it takes a lot time. Also, it is a very expensive exercise... well unless you are pretty well off....LOL), so you need to think about that very careful.

    Like yourself, I am at a crossroad in deciding whether I want to do medicine. You can chat about that all you want at the forum, but nothing beats the work experience. I believe you should try to get some and once you had that experience, you will know whether it's the right job for you! I had the most challenging work experiences that includes working at a pallative care unit which really had open my eye in terms of working on the front line of the medical field.

    Being a doctor don't always give you the satisfaction many craves to have all the time. But that's will not be possible all the time For example..... how would you feel if your patient passed away and how do you dealt with that and also, how do you cope with breaking bad news to their families. Also, you are working with lack of resources and lots and lots of paperwork....This had been my experiences working on the front line, it is nothing like in TV.

    My friend, maybe it is best to experience that working in the hospital. From the experience, you will get all your answers! All the Best!

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    Exploration has demonstrated that patients who feel that their specialist has made a honest to goodness sympathetic association - an endeavor to see how they feel and how their condition is influencing their regular life - will really encounter a lessening in agony.

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