What Advice Would You Give to Young Physicians?

February 20, 2019

Two years ago, Medscape published a letter written by a psychiatrist in the prime of his career to a medical student who was considering psychiatry as a specialty.

"[An] approach would be to make your work your main meaning in life — to unite your avocation and your vocation," wrote Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPHA. "This is where, in the case of medicine, Osler said that it's a 'calling.'....Some are called to heal, some to teach, others to preach, or to implement just laws."

The letter to the young doctor-to-be resonated with the Medscape community. Nearly 400 of them responded with advice of their own. Another letter then followed from Melissa Walton-Shirley, MD, a longtime cardiologist, extolling the virtues of her chosen field.

With Match Day 2019 coming up quickly, we'd like to hear from you. Take the poll below and leave your best advice to those just starting out in the profession.


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