Is Medicine Right for Me?UIC College of Medicine

 

The GPPA Program spends a significant amount of energy teaching their students the realities that face doctors every day. While medicine is surely a rewarding career path, many people have romanticized ideas of what being a doctor entails, and it is not for everyone.

Here are a few concepts that the GPPA program wishes to instill in its students:

  • Doctors have a serious responsibility in managing and manipulating an individual’s health. Thus, it is the responsibility of a doctor to be knowledgeable of new research and technology and also to keep the well-being of the patient at the highest priority. This implies that physicians may be required to sacrifice personal freedoms for the good of their patients.
  • Doctors must genuinely wish to invest the extent of their energy into alleviating the suffering of patients, not to simply gain money or prestige. This is because the job of a good physician demands a patient-physician relationship rather than simple service for payment.
  • Doctors need to be able to keep a sound state-of-mind and calm demeanor for the sake of their patients, even under the most stressful situations.
  • Doctors must be able to truly listen to and understand an individual, as wellness is not simply a biological process within a human body, but rather a complex combination of physical, mental, and emotional states.

Being a doctor means taking on a strenuous and challenging profession. However, it is ultimately one of the most rewarding professions in our society.