If you read the wrong kind of comments in the online medical media – as I do, religiously – you might conclude that retiring doctors are glad to be leaving the sinking ship. These disembarking medicos proclaim they would discourage their child from ever boarding the leaky vessel. Why commit to years of study, long hours, frustrating paperwork, little respect and crappy pay?
After all, being a doctor is a tough gig these days. Especially if you stretch ‘these days’ to include one million days ago. Hippocrates noted in his opening line of the first ever book about the burden of being a doctor, “Life is short, and art long, opportunity fleeting, experimentations perilous, and judgement difficult”.
Life is less short since Hippocrates’ day, but the rest still rings true. Today’s graduates will face increasing bureaucracy and regulation. Recent reports highlight the threats of bullying from within the profession and of litigation from without—although I’d argue neither is escalating.
Would I encourage my child to do medicine? You bet I would, and here are five reasons why. Continue reading