I Still Love Being a Doctor – KevinMD

On today’s KevinMD, Kevin Pho is featuring a post I wrote this January on the occasion of the 46th anniversary of my first day of medical school (described in detail here). This post touches on E&M coding and the silliness of some EMR templates, but it still ends with my honest conclusion “I love my job.”

It became clear to me that my desire for a career in medicine was because it would allow me to teach, coach, explain, motivate and guide fellow humans in medical matters. I never fantasized about heroic procedures or brilliant diagnostic victories – I have since understood they are usually a little too infrequent to sustain a doctor week after month after year.

“Helping people” is often cited as a motivator for becoming a physician, but I don’t think that is precise enough. “Repairing their body parts”, “comforting them and relieving their suffering” or “helping them understand their options” are more likely to translate into professional satisfaction.

In today’s medical practice environment, there are plenty of opportunities to do what I enjoy the most, and I receive plenty of positive feedback for doing it. My favorite compliment is probably “Nobody has ever explained it like that before”.

Read on KevinMD: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/10/meet-the-physician-who-loves-his-job.html

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