This is a must read for all those interested in going into medicine.
And his debt is lower than mine will be and I’ll be older than him when I can start being a doctor…
I have to say I know a lot of people with even more debt than he has.. This is definitely a must read for those interested in medicine. This is one of my favorite parts:
“Unfortunately, we physicians do not have much of a voice on Capitol Hill. There are not enough doctors in Washington D.C. who can give the insight of this letter while you in Washington, D.C. discuss health care reform. You may hear from leaders of the American Medical Association, but these are not the doctors on the front lines. These are the older political voices who were physicians when the times were different, when doctors did get reimbursed fairly for their work, when student loan debt was not this high, and when lawsuits were less prevalent. Many of the loudest voices in the healthcare debate are those of lawyers and lobbyists for special interests. They do not care about the well being of patients; that is what doctors do.
I want to make it clear that this letter is not just another story about the difficulties of becoming a doctor and being successful in medicine. I do not want you to think I am complaining about how hard my life is and used to be. In fact, I love my job and there is no other field I would ever imagine myself doing. My true wish is to illustrate the sacrifices doctors do make because I feel we are not represented when laws are made. These sacrifices include a lack of quality family time, our large student loan debt, the age at which we can practically start saving for retirement, and the pressure we face with lawyers watching every move we make. Yet we make these sacrifices gladly for the good of our patients.”