Should I give up medicine?
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- By: Anita Houghton
A few years ago I was at a conference in Nottingham on mentoring. I was sitting waiting for the first talk to begin when a colleague from the deanery where I was then working came and sat beside me. “So, Anita,” he said, “how many people have you counselled out of medicine?” I was stunned by this remark because coaching is a facilitative rather than a directive process, but it made me stop and think. I realised that although plenty of the young doctors and students who come to see me have doubts, I couldn’t remember a single one who’d decided to leave medicine.
I honestly don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t have doubts about medicine at some stage, even if it’s only for a minute or two when the bleep goes off in the middle of a nice deep sleep. Many people have wobbles during medical school when