Thursday, March 15, 2018
Surgeon Envy is Pure Evil
Envy is the genesis of many evil; even between surgeons. Just sayin'.
Here's the bottom line. I absolutely, one-hundred-percent promise you at one point post-training things will go horrendously horrible. Everyone thinks it will never get worse than those good ol' training days when you didn't have pot to piss in, nor a dime to buy a bag of ramen.
But, guess what? It will. And, here is the monumental difference...
In training, you know things will get better. Post-training, you're stuck. This is it. This is your life.
Sounds daunting? It should.
So, here's what I'm willing to say at this moment in time to those bright and bushy tailed, those energetic sponges who have youth on their side...
You better be going into medicine because it is your calling and you can't imagine doing anything else with your life.
Don't be going into medicine simply because you:
come from a family of physicians,
want to make your parents happy,
were told by your SO you would make a good doctor,
your SO dreams of marrying a doctor,
think it will be a good way to make a ton of money,
want to bring honor to your family,
know it is an honorable occupation within your culture,
your sibling is a doctor,
you *think* you'll like it.
Because, medicine is a doggy business. What do I mean by "doggy"? I mean you work yourself to the bone. And, if the passion isn't there, eventually you will tire, and you never be the best at what you do. In fact, your colleagues will know it, your patients will feel it, and eventually the dissatisfaction oozes into all compartments of your life.
And after a bit of loathing, envy enters. You will become envious of those working around you with, and from a bright seed of PASSION. And, that my friends, is when the sh*t hits the fan.
I know. I'm watching it all happen. It's going down.