Questions and answers
Why are you passionate about your job?
My dad likes working with people, and medicine helps keep people healthy. It helps them not only with physical health, but also psychological health, and helps with personal problems, or problems they might face with family or at home. He also gets to see his clients, and patients grow into productive members of society.
What obstacles have you faced to get you where you are today?
In order to become a qualified physician/doctor you have to complete many years of post-secondary education, and face rigorous competition. Dealing with financial and/or administrative hurdles/difficulties in addition to dealing with patients, a big workload, and medical management of their health problems. You also have to work and study long hours, sometimes staying up at night doing night calls/ Shifts in the hospital, Dealing with a bunch of stressful emergency situations, and later on, setting up a private community office, being responsible for the small business aspect of it, hiring staff, and ensuring everything runs smoothly.
What advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing?
Be patient, and expect to work long hours and study. Medicine is a field where ongoing education, and self-improvement, as well knowledge, and continuous professional development is a must. Look beyond the expected financial aspects, and gains of the occupation but be mindful of long work hours, great burden of responsibility, psychological hardship of working or dealing with great volume of unwell people/patients, physically or emotionally. Be ready to sacrifice some of your personal time for the good of your patients.
What are some of the most satisfying experiences that you have / can recall from your work?
- One of the most satisfying events is probably to hold a healthy newborn baby that you have just delivered, hearing his/her voice, and passing them to their mother, and seeing all the joyful faces in the room.
- Also satisfying to know through the course of your career, that you help many people in their time of need, and hopefully made their lives better, and helped them be healthy.
Why did you choose medicine as a job?
“My mom was a doctor and from a young age she kept my interest in this field going by sharing some experiences from her work, and discussing certain advances in the medical field, and taking me to the library while she was writing her doctorate thesis. Also, later encouraging me to learn more about health sciences, and human biology and physiology”
Would you be open to further questions from other riverside students?
I chose to interview my dad. He is a qualified physician/family doctor. He does appointments with patients, paper work, etc. I chose to interview him because he is very good at what he does, and tries his very best to keep his patients happy, and most importantly healthy. He also gets an opportunity to help people every day, and making a positive difference in peoples lives is something I would love to do. I learned that one of the most important things you need, to be good at this job is patience. You need to be able to listen to what your patients have to say as well as put in your own suggestions, and opinions. I learned that you must have good communication with your patients, you can not get frustrated, and you have to give up some of your own time for you patients as well. The majority of the work you will have is with people. I love working with other people, an helping them out as much as I can. I would love to be able to help people as much as I can by making sure they stay as healthy as possible.