Advice to young doctors

From the members of BMJ’s editorial board

The first 10 times you do anything – present a patient, put in an intravenous catheter, sew up a laceration – will be difficult, so get through the first 10 times as quickly as possible.

Don’t believe what you read in medical journals and newspapers.

Cherish every rotation during your training, even if you don’t intend to pursue that specialty, because you are getting to do things and share experiences that are special.

When you have a bad day because you’re tired, stressed, overworked, and underappreciated, never forget that things are much worse for the person on the cold end of stethoscope. Your day may be lousy, but you don’t have pancreatic cancer.

Advice from Dave Sackett, the father of evidence-based medicine

The most powerful therapeutic tool you’ll ever have is your own personality

Half of what you’ll learn in med school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half. So the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own.

Remember that your teachers are as full of bullshit as your parents.

You are in for more fun than you can possibly imagine.


3 thoughts on “Advice to young doctors

  1. Epiphanic entry. I wish I can show this to the med students yang asyik cakap “saya baca di buku kalau…”. Sok pandai, sok rajin gituu (memang diorg pandai dan rajin pun la sebenarnya).(-_-) Anyhoo, lets get graduated and keep these in mind…
    I still love this job despite all anyways. =D

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