Why did you become a doctor?

  • Obviously to help people. Growing up I was deathly afraid of blood, everything that was gross, and the body. One day I transcended that and thought that I could make a difference.
  • The only thing I wanted to be at 5.
  • It was a complex combination of wanting to be in a meaningful profession and helping people. I wanted to be in a profession where I didn’t have to wonder when I went home at night if my time was well spent.
  • From a young age, I found it fascinating and it was always my desire.
  • To help people. A family member died of cancer when I was a child. I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t just take out the cancer.
  • I was good at science. I wanted to work with people and make a difference. Few fields combine the two.
  • I like to solve medical puzzles.
  • Having a sick father. He died young.
  • I like science and I like people.
  • A close relative was very sick and I was very involved.
  • I went into my subspecialty to take care of families in a long term way and help them take care of their disease over the long term and have a relationship with them.
  • I want to be a doctor since 4. I had a sick cousin whom died at as a teenager when I was 5. I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t going to be a doctor.
  • Because I felt that I wanted to work in an area where I was developing skills and an ability, where getting older would mean getting wiser and more skillful. And I wanted to work with people.
  • Drawn to science. Originally I was a biomedical engineer, but the softer science of dealing with people drew me in.
  • I had an uncle who was a surgeon and who was my inspiration. He encouraged me.
  • I just love people and I wanted to help them and be near them and make a difference.
  • Something I always wanted to do. Never saw myself doing anything.
  • I wanted to be a doctor like my old time pediatrician.
  • I like science and I like interacting with people.
  • I wanted to help people, being selfless and offering my skills to people to make them feel better, like my father.
  • To heal people.


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