A tribute to letter "D"
If you ask me if all the doctors are like Dr. Sanjay Gupta, I would say that most of them would like to be like him. I mean the dedication to his profession and the love for his work is not uncommon, it is just that a lot of them are not as lucky he is. Don't get me wrong, he is a great doctor but so are most of them.
The desire of helping human beings is the number one reason for any one to get into medical school. The wish that they could save lives or at least make people get better from a sickness makes a person take the MCATS. Someone I know is very much upset that in spite of spending thousands of dollars they are not able to get their grandaughter to pass the test. I asked her if the girl is into medicine, the answer I got was that if her father is a doctor and mother is a pharmacist why wouldn't she? The thing is that one has to be into the subject because it is a hard road.
Once they get into a medical school, the students practically forget that they are people, with a need for a social life, the need to sleep and eat on time, the need to be able to make a mistake once in a while because those tests do not allow a single mistake as it is human body that they are studying.
They get out of the medical school tired, roughed out, and their spirit broken with the burden of student loans, which are so big that the monthly payment could easily be enough to pay on a good size, single family house.
So, they are out of medical school, now comes the matching programs for getting into a residency program where they work for peanuts, more than seventy hours a week and double shift majority of the time, made fun of by seniors and putting up with the brunt of the profession.
Now that they have emptied their wallets and piggy banks and used up all the checks and savings bonds given by their relatives, finally they are out of medical school.
So, are they like kings now? If you can call working at the finger tips of HMOs a royal job, then they are. Those who want to go on their own, get into such competition with the big Medical buildings that they are forced to pack up and work for some one any way.
Inspite of such hardships, at the end of the day, the only thing a doctor cares about is whether or not he was able to cure a patient's disease.
So, if you are with a doctor and you are dreaming of a huge palace of a house with nothing less than a Lenox or a Limoge in your curio cabinet it is not fair with him. He is already over burdened. And if you are the young high school graduate hoping for a "mini Cooper" for a graduation gift, think again. You do not want to give your dad a heart attack. He has to take care of his patients.