Sunday, February 27, 2005

Something that we lose sight of

I recently rewatched the PBS special on what it takes to become a physcian. Surely there are easier ways to feed the kids and payback loans (or avoid them in the first place!).

Here is a note from the producer of the series:
"Years ago, when I was trying to decide what to do with my life, two passions surfaced almost simultaneously: moviemaking and medicine. In my 20s and 30s, when things were not going well in the film business, I applied several times to medical school.

Making this series of films about medical training has made me realize how fortunate I was to be turned down! I now know that I would never have survived the course. Also, I've seen firsthand how potentially all-consuming of one's time medicine can be, and I'm sure I would never have been able to achieve a healthy balance between my work and non-work lives.

It is an extraordinary privilege to be a doctor, but that privilege comes at an extraordinary price. As Luanda Grazette, one of our seven students, puts it, "Medicine is only for those people who cannot contemplate doing anything else with their lives." "



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