PERKS of Becoming a DOCTOR

Here at Med School Insiders, we often talk about the most challenging part
of being a doctor so that we can help prepare you for the inevitable obstacles. But it’s important to not lose sight of
the end goal, the reason you go through the arduous process of becoming a doctor in the
first place. Here are the most rewarding parts of being
a doctor. What’s going on guys, Dr. Jubbal, In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell writes that
“three things – autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward – are,
most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying. It is not how much money we make that ultimately
makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether our work fulfills us.” The noble profession of being a physician
hits all three, and then some. Of course, one of the most frequently stated rewarding aspects of being a physician is
making a deep impactful difference in someone else’s life. You have the ability to significantly improve
the quality of life of your patients, and this can be a tremendously satisfying experience. In the process of doing so, you feel that
you’re making the world a better place. That’s something that money can’t buy
– purpose. Purpose is not only important for motivation,
as described in Daniel Pink’s book, Drive, but it also provides an extremely valuable
tool in resilience. If you feel that you’re working for a larger
purpose – something bigger than yourself – then you’re not only more likely to enjoy your
work, but also bounce back from setbacks and endure the challenging times with greater
ease. So in short, helping others helps you enjoy
the day to day more, helps you bounce back from the hard times, and well, helps others
– talk about a good deal. Closely tying with the first, the personal connection with patients is hard to match
in any other profession. It’s truly an honor to be trusted with another
human being’s health and wellbeing, requiring a deep level of trust. Remember that as a physician, you are there
for patients in their most trying times. This deep personal and emotional connection
with another person is often challenging, but is also tremendously rewarding. I recall some of my own conversations with
patients when their family members were terminally ill, or when a patient needed a procedure
that we all wish they didn’t need. While it was not fun in the traditional sense,
I felt honored to be able to help them in such a moment of vulnerability, and to help
them navigate such a frightening ordeal. Their demonstrations of gratitude were tremendously
powerful and left an impact on me. Third, the Intellectual Challenge.
Think back to the most epic moments of life – things you were proud of. Chances are, you had a strong feeling of elation
after overcoming a significant challenge. That’s one of the reasons so many of us
love being doctors. The body of medical knowledge is rapidly expanding,
with an exponential rise in published research articles each year. It’s impossible to keep up, and that’s
ok. Medicine forces you to continue to learn for
the rest of your career – hopefully at that point, you’re studying the subject matter
you actually enjoy. The intellectual challenge applies to solving
difficult medical cases as well. I’ve never watched the TV show House (I
was more of a Scrubs guy), but I hear this would be a good demonstration of this intellectual
challenge in managing obscure conditions. The satisfaction from finally solving a challenging
medical case with a diagnosis and watching the treatment work effectively is hard to
replicate. Even right now, my inner nerd is getting excited
thinking about the challenging inpatient cases we worked on as a team during my internal
medicine rotations. Tying in and building off of the intellectual challenge is autonomy. Doctors are the highest in command in the
medical treatment team. They are analyzing the objective data, the
patient’s concerns and presentation, and making treatment decisions. Having this challenge and seeing your efforts
result in improvement to the patient’s condition is rewarding. Unfortunately, modern healthcare rules and
regulations in the United States are encroaching into physician’s autonomy. The legal liability, and increasing charting
and administrative work slowly erode the autonomy that is so valuable. This is one element of the multifactorial
rise in burn out amongst physicians. However, that discussion is for another video. Lastly, medicine is just a straight awesomely fascinating profession. The way the human body works, the complexities
and nuances – there’s just so much cool science to uncover. Every medical student gravitates to various
aspects that interest them. For me, plastic surgery felt like science
fiction. I go over the first case I ever saw, where
we created a makeshift bicep out of the latissimus dorsi back muscle on a patient. Link in the description. Plastics also does hand transplants, face
transplants, microsurgery for cancer or trauma reconstruction, and so much more. Regardless of your chosen specialty, there’s something
amazing about the science there – from psychiatry to plastic surgery and everything between. Note that I didn’t mention the paycheck. That’s intentional. While being a doctor is one of the highest
paid professions, it’s not nearly as lucrative as most people think. That boils down to two factors: the opportunity
cost of delaying your paycheck for an extra 7 to 11 years, and the cost of medical training. In short, don’t go in it for the money. While being a doctor is one of the most challenging
and arduous careers to enter, it’s truly a privilege and a tremendously rewarding profession. If there are other rewarding aspects of being
a doctor that I didn’t cover here, let me know down in the comments below. What part are you looking forward to the most? For those of you who are interviewing for
medical school right now, take a look at our all-new interview courses. They are the most comprehensive and high yield guide you’ll find anywhere. Thank you to everyone for watching. If you liked the video, make sure you press
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100 thoughts on “PERKS of Becoming a DOCTOR”

  1. I'm in medical school, (4th year) and I wonder : do doctor have time for themselves ? Because right now it's very hard to find time for myself outside studies

  2. Whenever I surf through YouTube I always see hundreds of videos saying why being a doctor sucks but this was a nice encouraging video

  3. I really appreciate this being an MS1 vlogger! I've enjoyed this channel a lot and have been implementing some of your tips (like how you utilize flash cards) into my study habits. Thank you for what you're doing, encouraging us who are going through the process ❤

  4. Since I’ve gotten into med school, I’ve been insanely stressed out and all I hear about it burnout and long hours and grueling residencies. I feel like I forgot why I wanted this in the first place, things like this should be talked about more. Move the focus from physician burnout to physician wellbeing

  5. Hey dude i love your videos
    Can you please do a video and music and studying …. i listen to music while studying and i don't know if it affects my ability to memorize or learn
    Thank you and i love you 💕

  6. Hey Dr. Jubbal, not sure if you're every gonna see this but would you please consider making a video/addressing some applicants lying on their medical school application? I had a friend who's entire family were doctors and they all gave him great letters of rec and volunteer/shadowing hours when he really didn't do ANYTHING and he ended up getting in. I feel like this can't be an isolated case. More specifically any advice for those of whose who don't have that luxury due to not knowing any physicians closely would help a lot 🙁

  7. I always enjoy your videos. Although I did not go down the medical school route like I wanted, I am happy with my career and I found everything you said in this video to be applicable to my career as well. Plastic surgery is a very cool branch of medicine. It must be so much fun to be an expert of the body and/or the various systems it contains.

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  9. Cardiology is my favorite. From the moment I first took my A&P class I fell in love with it. Science is awesome and the way the human body is made makes you wonder how it came to be so fairly resilient (think of RAAS, sympathetic response, organ structures). Wow, just wow…

  10. I'm looking forward to cutting into other humans and I'm somewhat disappointed that you didn't bring that up. Overall, great video!

  11. I still have 6 years until I can apply to medical school, but am up for the challenge, my dream is to become a cardiac surgeon

  12. You know in Europe (at least in Belgium) we only pay 800 dollars the year in medical school (I'm a medical student there ), not one student has to indebt himself. And we get good education too, some people that used to study there are now teacher in Harvard (Jean Pierre Kinet for example ) . It doesn't close us any door and there is no suicide among medical students either.

  13. No Pay? Seems very illogical since there’s a correlation between the most competitive residencies and highest paid medical fields. As someone from a different culture it seems that pay in America is a taboo topic (due to Puritanism maybe) and I’d love to see some research around this topic.

  14. I don't usually give videos thumbs up unless I really like them and this reminded me why I want to become a doctor. The coursework in my undergrad is getting tough (biochem) and I want to thank you for this video. Gave it a thumbs up! 👍😊

  15. The work hours deter me from doing medicine. In the uk we have the nhs and the pay isnt even that good as doctors in the usa and also alot of doctors have to work more than their shift because of emergency reasons aswell as losing their lunch and breaks. Not bearing in mind the insane cuthroat nature of med schools and the extremely competitive places for a spot in medicine in the first place…

    No thank you

  16. I think that If I could. I would buy you a coffee so we could chat and share stories, you could teach me loads. I can say I definitely share your love of figuring out the answer. As you say the intellectual challenge of difficult cases and then seeing the treatment you’ve determined is the correct one work on a person. This mirrors those aspects of my current career that I love.

  17. I feel like I'm going to have a stroke every time someone asks me about the money. No one else I know in other careers has to field this asinine question so frequently

  18. Perhaps, but there are 10 other videos on youtube that destroy the thesis of this video. But good luck nevertheless.

  19. I'm only in kindergarten but my dream is to be a neurosurgeon with a spine fellowship that subspecializes in interdisciplinary embryoneurosurgery with a heavy emphasis on reconstructive plastic surgical procedures that's transformational upon the zygote's consent for my cutting-edge evidence-based psychiatric assessment to determine eligibility for my practice

  20. I'm looking forward to putting a positive spin on even life-altering treatments that a patient may have to endure to maintain a certain quality of life, and being a significant knowledge base that the patient can access as needed.

  21. Suprising how no one wrote "my parents want me to be a dr.!" I found out about this profession from my parents


  23. Seriously medicine is one of the greatest triumph of modern science , it is incredible to imagine all the people and work needed for making the science we know today …….

    Ps 1: btw your vids are awesome !
    Ps: I'm interested into neuroscience /neurology and maybe neurosurgery , I hope one day I would came over my past and laugh about my stupidity >_<

  24. Is nice to see a video of the good things of becoming a doctor. Lately, everyone focuses on the bad. “Don’t become a doctor, because…” “the healthcare system sucks, do something else.” There are so many of discouraging articles and videos out there, but if nobody went to medicine, or nursing, or any other difficult healthcare career, imagine how the healthcare system would be? An even bigger shortage of medical professionals, and a decline in health care. What we should focus on is encouraging people to go into these fields, and encourage them to push for change! We can change the system. I have faith that I can make an impact, at least in the life of my patients, and even the community. There are many ways in which we can make things better, and I think new doctors and healthcare professionals should be trained and encourage to initiate those things.

  25. It amazes me that there are so many differences with the college and studying medicine between the United States and Mexico, I love watching all the videos, because although there are certain differences betweent the way the aproach to teach us, the content is and the amount of dedication needed to succed is the same

  26. I really thought I wanted to be a doctor until I saw how fucking miserable everyone is at hospitals.. doctors, nurses, patients, security, etc etc etc. I'm forever thankful for that internship experience

  27. So I want to become a plastic surgeon but I’m not sure what major I should take. Right now I’m enrolled in behavioral neuroscience but I would like to add something that goes hand in hand with plastics. What do you suggest?

  28. I seriously want to become a doctor, that’s all I want!!! I want to be a child and adolescent Psychiatrist!! I just have no self confidence and feel like I won’t get in and I’ll waste my time trying. That’s what I’m afraid of.

  29. Hi med school insiders. I'm an ethiopian 13 year old who does really good in school. I want to be a doctor, but my family wants to make me a lot of money. Unfortunately, in Ethiopia, doctors are not paid well. Well not normal doctors. I am thinking about learning in the northern world though. Any advice?

  30. hi im an 8th grader in middle school and i love ur channel. i usually find inspiration to work harder by watching some of your videos in during my free time. i aspire to work in the medical field in the future. after watching ur videos i find that working in the mefical field is a lot more rewarding, gives more of that sense of satisfaction than i originally thought so thank u for that. 😊

  31. What if you doctors can't figure something out? What will you guys do? Wouldn't it be embarrassing and kind of dangerous because the patient cant get his disease figured out?

  32. Fellow medico here Dr your videos always come up just when I need them 🙂 thank you so much
    I guess one more thing that we do is understanding humans at the core level be it genetics or the psyche 🙂

  33. It is a cool job. Several times a day I walk into a stranger’s room and say. “I think X, so now we will cut you open and take out/put in Y” and those people say “thank you” because of two letters at the end of my name. Medicine is an amazing field, we’re blessed for the opportunity to participate in it.

  34. A simple "thank you" that you hear from the patient you've taken care of feels so rewarding

  35. My uncle is a neurosurgeon with 12 years of experience and is very rich. He says that he hates his job and the mental/physical suffering it caused and is only in it for the rewarding money.

  36. I am incoming first year medical student. And im glad this one pop out in my recommendation videos.

    Watching this gave me enough motivation and excitement to continue this path ive chosen.

    I just hope, I will really become a doctor someday. 🙂

    Thank you medical insider. 🙂

  37. If anybody would have told me that I’ll become something else that wasn’t in medicine, I’ll told you crazy, but know I have realize that medicine wasn’t for me, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy the medical field. I just become something else. I’ve decided to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, and it’s a lot faster.

  38. Junior doctors in zimbabwe are getting less than $250 usd per month,l can only imagine how depressed one would be if they went to medical school for the money.

  39. I wish other people looked at doctors with the same respect we have for ourselves. Practicing medicine is mostly how you really want to help people get healthy vs how to save your ass from potential lawsuits everyday.

  40. i need your advice guyss .well i have the pressure that i loved being an engineer for as long as i can remember never thought of becoming a doctor well because most of my family are into math stuff and data processing (my older brother father , uncle …) but now i just got my bachelor degree and i got soooo close to the best school in my country (prepatory meening engineering ) and well the second best is med school and peaple consider me to be veeery lucky to reach it now i know that i am a hard worker and when putting my mind into something i surely can get it , moreover in my country being a doctor is the most respectfull job and the income is the best by far so the question is; should i ignore engineering and become a doctor ?( with all my respects i hate the cliché "do what you like " please convince me otherwise)

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