Published: Oct 10, 2013

As I look back all those years ago to when I chose medicine as a career, I suspect that my motives were similar to most people who enter this wonderful profession. I wanted to become a doctor because I had a genuine and sincere desire to help people.

Almost 15 years have passed, and I still remember my first week of medical school like it was yesterday. All the experiences since then — the late night studying, the never-ending exam schedule, those exhausting rotations — have all been worth it. The scientific knowledge imparted to us throughout our formal medical education gives us the skills to truly make a difference in peoples’ illnesses and suffering.

But those of us who work in healthcare also know that the practice of medicine is so much more than the basic science behind illness. It’s about people.

Every doctors get to experience memorable interactions throughout their career, as we treat some truly inspirational patients, who often end up teaching us many valuable life lessons. Hippocrates once said “It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.” In other words, without really understanding the patient as a person, we are never really going to help them as much as we can.



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