10 Moments That Will (Re)Fuel Your Passion For Medicine #6-10

Happy Friday! Here we have part two of the 10 moments that will remind you of your passion for the medical field. Take some time away from your studies to clear your head, watch a few clips, and then get back in the zone!

 

So here’s the deal. Contrary to my initial belief, I am actually turning into a Grey’s Anatomy fan. And I’m not talking about the ginormous book (that is way to heavy to carry, much less read), but the popular TV series on the life of surgeons.

 

Going into the medical field myself, I have several reasons and motives that keep me going everyday, despite of all the struggles. From my love for the field to my desire for helping people, I have much to go on. However, there are always those moments where you seek some form of external boost or reprise that can reinvigorate you to reach new heights in achieving your dream. You start to think that you want to be more than a physician – you want to be a person who can be looked up to as a figure of passionate purpose. And what better way to spice up your motives than some TV drama?

 

So, over the next several weeks, I would like you all to take a close look at some classic, memorable moments from Grey’s Anatomy. Beyond their superficial appeal, there is a deeper message that transcends into the very roots of medicine and medical practice, hitting on the finer aspects that may go unrecognized without some introspection in our future careers. And just like they have continuously inspired me, I hope they will do the same for you.

 

6. Sometimes the only way to learn is to do it yourself

As a surgical resident, solo surgery is the Holy Grail. You are always waiting for that one opportunity to be recognized for your talents and being bestowed with a chance to take charge and operate independently on a patient. And as the golden rule of surgery holds (“See one, do one, teach one”), this is a way for you to be a part of something greater than yourself, passing it on down the road to the next class of budding surgeons.

 

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7. Enjoy the romance

While medicine may seem like a long road consisting of innumerable years of learning, training, and practicing, it will rush by in the blink of an eye. The demanding work environment often occupies all our capabilities day in and day out, barely allowing us to notice the passage of days, months, and years. So, every once in a while, it might be worth stopping and reminding ourselves of why we got into medicine in the first place.

 

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8. It’s hard for a reason

As medical students in the midst of exams, clinical rotations, and a myriad of other responsibilities, we often question our passion for medicine. However, it’s hard for a reason. We are dealing with human lives, the most valuable entity on this earth. It is the hard stuff that teaches us to be humble and realize the burden on our shoulders as we treat patients in need.

 

 

9. The 5 golden rules of residency

Surgery mimics the hierarchy of the natural food chain. Those at the bottom work at the pleasure of the select few at the top. However, on closer inspection, one can see a clear purpose that emanates from this seemingly degrading structure. It is a way to instill a sense of respect and recognition of greater experience and value the struggles that take one to the top.

 

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10. You better wear your big boy pants in this rodeo…

Each leg of the journey in medicine is like a new beginning. One of the starkest transitions comes from medical school to residency, a point where you finally receive those treasured two letters at the end of your name. However, with that achievement comes a newfound sense of responsibility. Whether you are ready or not, it’s time to grow up and take charge to become the clinician you were meant to be.

 

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Yash Pandya is a science writer at The "Almost" Doctor's Channel. He is a rising third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Emergency Medicine with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Yash plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Fall 2016 with guaranteed admission. In addition to the usual humdrum of academic involvement, Yash loves to play Ping Pong, catch up on the latest "Big Bang Theory," and travel. Having lived in India for half his lifetime, Yash aspires to expand his horizons into international healthcare by practicing medicine globally.