“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” —Audrey Hepburn
Many, many, many years ago, when I was but a young trainee doing my fellowship year in Corneal and External Diseases, my professor called me into his office on multiple occasions. “Sit down,” he would say, and I did. “So, are you happy?” he would ask. It struck me as an unusual question at the time. Today, I wonder if my professor might have been on to something. According to a recent editorial by Rich Joseph, a medical student at Stanford University’s medical school, a lot of medical students and residents simply aren’t.
By Dr. J McDonnell, JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
Data show some residents, graduates walking away from medicine.
In my personal study, I have come to find that most medical students are for the prestige and pay that they stand to gain after graduation. The workload of the syllabus overwhelms students such that they may not have time for other things they might want to do that brings them joy. This is the reality of the medical practice, that is why it is not just any other profession but a call where certain activities must be sacrificed.