Monday 29 January, 2007
Develop your “outside” interests
Cycling is fun!
As a junior medical officer, your time is often not your own. Between work, study, medicine related projects (e.g., research papers, presentations), family, meals and sleep there is often precious little time left!
Do not sacrifice your interests and hobbies for medicine as a junior medical officer. These “outside” interests makes you a holistic rounded person and in doing so, gives you a better understanding of humanity. This can only make you a better doctor.
One of the fantastic things about medicine is that it selects an intelligent section of the community. You and your colleagues have the ability and drive to achieve great accomplishments. What is often holding people back is a fatalistic nihilism that one is “too busy” with medicine.
There are Australian doctors who are accomplished novelists (e.g., Peter Goldsworthy), actors (e.g., Jason Chan [pg 13/20]), who have started travel companies, and more than a few wineries were started by medicos (e.g., Angoves and The Margaret River wine region). For those of us with more humble goals, keep up with the regular music, or dancing or jogging or cycling. If you enjoy reading fiction, or listening to music, don’t give it up!
In the greater scheme of things, your happiness should be important to you.