The joys of saving a life
Responding to a question on a form in medical
July 22, 2005
What satisfactions do you expect to receive
from your activities as a physician? Enter your response
in essay format. LIMIT WRITING TO 2475 CHARACTERS.
I pride myself on my gut; since I can remember, it was never
difficult for me to follow my instincts and commit myself to a
a fulfilling and useful one. My family, well aware of this, made
sure that I would cultivate my better instincts. They made me
understand that whatever I ended up doing in life, it should be
that would be a vehicle both for my own well-being and that of
others. Thus, reciprocity is the bedrock upon which my expectations
and aspirations, in life as well as a physician, are built. I
get true satisfaction from knowing that one day I will be fully
in a profession that makes a positive difference in my community.
main expectation is to provide unparalleled care to people as
a responsive, involved physician, who will not only use academic
knowledge and hands-on experience in providing care, but bring
a wealth of cultural literacy and sensitivity into the increasingly
multicultural medical encounter.
Appreciating an understanding
of race, class, religion, and gender as key factors in providing
optimal health care is paramount today, and here I expect
upbringing and experiences to be very effective in treating
broad American spectrum of patients. I hope to have success
with these tools, which many physicians of the past generation
not been able to take advantage of. In this way I can give
back to the multicultural community that has taught me the importance
of learning about people's different worldviews.
to this profoundly fulfilling aspect of practicing medicine,
there are other possibilities that heighten my expectations
and excite me for the future that lies ahead. The joys of
saving a life, working at an incredibly sophisticated level of
on a daily basis, and being in a good position to lobby for
improvements in the healthcare system are all things that
I look forward to.
I am perhaps thrilled most at the prospect of being immersed
in a vast, intellectually inexhaustible field, where I
can always be a student and utilize new methods of thinking to
and historical health issues. To me, intellectual development
and spiritual fulfillment are equally important, and medicine
the most promising way to not shortchange either quest.
I see the human body as an almost magical entity; embarking on
lifelong journey to understand it is going to be as supernatural
it is scientific.