Though a lot of my posts were written after a difficult day at work, medicine isn’t all bad. Today I was reflecting on the many blessings in my life, and the positives of being a doctor.
Earning a medical degree was a lot of hard work, but it shows determination and perseverance. Studying medicine taught me a lot. I started a shy teenager and graduated with more confidence and strength than I could’ve thought.
Internship and residency similarly showed me the inner strength I didn’t know I had.
Being a doctor can be exciting. Every day is different and it can be quite fast paced. It’s a high stakes job, but this also means the work you do can make a significant impact. You’re constantly privy to sensitive information of others, and it’s quite rare to find a job with similar circumstances to that.
The medical profession is stable. There’s job security, and especially in the current climate doctors are in high demand.
The first few years as a junior doctor is to assist in your training, but after that you can get more freedom of choice. The ability to be a locum, similar to freelance in other professions, is an amazing opportunity. Signing up to an agency and picking your shifts, in any state or town, is a super unique advantage of being a medic.
Though I’m not sure of where I’m heading in my medical journey, I know that it’s something that I can always work to be a part of at any stage in my life.
It’s tough being a doctor, but it can be someone’s dream profession. It’s up to you what to make of it, and to find your own way. I may have struggled emotionally with being a doctor, but I am grateful for what I have and want to remain mindful of this.