Three Reasons to Choose a Career in Medicine

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Let’s face it. We’re being pulled in so many directions by advertisements, news media and sheer availability, it’s difficult to figure out the right path for us. Here are three reasons why I think medicine might just be the best career for you. Technology. Plain and simple. The advances in technology have forever changed our world and medicine is on the cutting edge of that technology. Twenty years ago, in order to have your gall bladder removed, it required a surgical cut halfway around the torso. Today, a couple of inch-long incisions and you’re done. That’s technology, and it’s here to stay in the world of medicine. That spells job security. Shortage of Trained Professionals. Remember the “baby boomer” generation of the 50’s and 60’s (if you tell me you’re too young to remember, I’ll slit my wrist)? Well, all those folks who grew up with Andy Griffith and Barney Fife are now the aging population. Bodies are deteriorating and in need of an increasing amount of medical care and treatment for all sorts of ailments. The supply (of medical personnel) can’t keep up with the demand. Get trained as a medical professional, walk into your local hospital with diploma in hand and the HR person is liable to kiss your feet! Human Rights Activist! The basic of all human rights is “the pursuit of LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” (from the US Declaration of Independence). What an exciting opportunity and privilege to be a part of helping sick people overcome what prevents them from their basic human right of LIFE! And the great part is you don’t have to be politically oriented! Help them get well and you land the three-for-one special! You help restore their lives, which liberates them and makes them very happy. It’s a challenge to figure out what you’ll enjoy doing for a living. You gotta bring home the bacon but, since you spend most of your day at some job, you better like it! What could be more exciting that making good money while restoring sick and injured people to a normal life? Medicine. Need I say more?
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  • Melly
    Melly
    Glad I've finally found someone I agree with!
  • Ism
    Ism
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  • Yassin B.
    Yassin B.
    I am medical student and i think that this is not enough to answer the question why to go to medical school. so will you plz have any more...
  • tommy
    tommy
    Exactly what I was thinking too. I don’t think Dell is going to pay for accounts to track how many users got to their site through Twitter, when they’ve already done it…for free.
  • Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
    Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
    I appreciate this succinct article. I would also like to mention that one deterrent to entering medicine is often money. I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference in medicine, particularly primary care, should learn about the wonderful opportunities through the National Health Service Corps http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/ Not only is there money through scholarships and loan forgiveness, primary care providers are placed in positions where they are sure to make a difference - with America's underserved.
  • Joanna
    Joanna
    I found myself surfing into the night and searching for an answer to the question "do I really want to be a doctor". I know I am the only one who can answer that, but it helps to see your own doubts reflect in others and how they deal with it, or see other's certainty and find it in yourself.What totally got me was "...Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."at the risk of sounding cheesy, I'm a patriot and deeply relate to that part of the d.o.i, and the connection you made between that and being a doctor just made everything fall into place for me.What a beautiful, amazing way to help make that a reality. To help people have those three things everyone should have.I still need to deal with some questions and doubts,but I have this wonderful thought in mind to keep reminding me why I want to answer them.Thank you!
  • Steve Tauriainen
    Steve Tauriainen
    This is a great "nutshell" essay for me to assist my daughter whom wishes to have a career in medicine as a pediatrician.  I always dreamed of being a Dr.; however, did not have the capacity for the years of study and high GPA's required to enter that field.  It all comes naturally for her and this is a great reminder for her to read and re-read in her college studies to come, this fall.  Thank You.
  • Dr. Hoffman
    Dr. Hoffman
    I'll be the first to admit that healthcare and medicine, like many glamorized professions of the 1950's, is losing a bit of clout, and cannot compete with the bottom dollar windfalls of Wall Street, it is still considered one of the most honorable and noble professions out there. Everyone has a limit to what they can endure and how much they can give of themselves. Modern healthcare is so understaffed, those who are there work their fingers to the bone to pick up the slack. After all, they ARE caring for human life. They've reached their limits and, because they see no end in sight, jump ship in drastic measures of self-preservation. Suffice it to say mistakes have been made and dents have been placed in the once thought indestructable armour of the Medicine god.  However, the winds of change, albeit the gale-force winds of adversity, are blowing.The powers that be are listening to the complaints of good people who have walked away from the profession because they are just too burned out to continue. They trade their nurses' caps for computers and widget work. Why? Because they're tired. Plain and simple. They have given until they have nothing left to give.Those who remain lament the loss of such great people. They greet a new day with renewed commitment to bringing about positive change and to provide the best environment in which to work. Perfect? Not by any stretch of the imagination, but it sure is getting better every day. Part of the reason for this exhaustion is that there is such a shortage of healthcare workers. Those who are there are having to do the job of several, and for the pay of only one. I know of instances (too many to count) where months of active recruiting to fill a skilled healthcare professional position is met with not even a nibble. The well is dry and we are suffering from medical professional drought.Healthcare continues to be a great place to plant your career seeds. Who knows, you could just be the medicine healthcare needs to heal it's wounds soar back to the top in the eyes of the tired and weary.
  • In some Western countries, the medical profession is continuously losing prestige, doctors are claiming of high demands, low rewards, and difficult structural working conditions.

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