It works less and less well, my internal ten-minute alarm clock coming in handy when cooking. Trained for years through thousands of hours of consultation. As a semi-retiree, I miss the rhythm of a practical day very much. Certainly, as a doctor you don’t know what the day will bring you. But what comes next comes in measured units of time. It is very convenient for someone who wastes more and more time over the years.
Yet no schoolboy mentions such an anti-ridiculous daily schedule as a motivation for selection to study medicine. He also doesn’t say that becoming a doctor is an easy way to hear moving stories. This is a big advantage for relatively shy people like me. I miss those stories too. Just like the “family feeling” of a good team.
Not that I thought about all of this almost half a century ago. At the time, I had no idea why I wanted to become a doctor. Was it the colonial grade school reading books full of doctors and missionaries? Or was it my mother’s crippled ambition? I wanted to become an architect. Once I realized you needed a lot of math for this, and my chain-smoking math teacher thought I was too dumb for that, I quickly gave up on that ambition. I didn’t want to burden my sad teenage brain with psychological searches. I was not arrogant enough for the law and even if I wanted to change society, political science or sociology seemed too excited in Havana on the Waal. So I thought I was just smart enough to study “medicine”.
Now you can’t get away with it, but thank God I didn’t have to give reasons for my choice back then. Although the Cabinet plan for a lottery, instead of the annual selection circus for studies with a numerus fixus, there will be at least one decentralized selection next year. During the Christmas lockout, the students therefore prepare for the tests and coronaproof conversations. The advice they give each other online says it’s not about whether you’re successful, it’s about ‘you are better than the others“.
Lateral candidates must also justify their choice for their master. This then abandon the motivations, according to the researchers like “ the interest and respect I have for the patient as a person and the functioning of the body ” or “ my affinity with science is greater than that of dopamine with its receptor ” or “ `my mother almost died and when I saw doctors I wanted to be a doctor. bee beginner students is not much different. Respectable grounds. But what if they really give better doctors than my checklist? What I don’t think patients need are doctors who fight from day to day to see who is better or who is brightest. The care would improve a lot if the cock behavior and mutual pecking disappeared.
So come on with this draw. Then future doctors who dream and waste time after a useful professional life are just as likely as these future dopamine receptor aficionados, on their own built-in alarm clock and on great stories and generally grateful patients.
Joost zaat is a general practitioner.