You know you want to become a doctor, or at least think you do. Perhaps science is your favorite subject or you just really enjoy serving others. These are great attributes to have as you pursue medicine, but is it the top quality you should have?
Becoming a doctor is unique because it does not mean much in terms of what you'll be doing on a day to day basis. In other words, you can be a surgeon who is almost always in the operating room or you can be a pediatrician, working closely with a number of patients in clinic. You could also be a radiologist who has perhaps even less patient contact but enjoys reading and deciphering imaging scans to help diagnose a patient.
The one thing that does tie all of these professions, however, is humanism. Those that are humanistic strive to provide compassionate patient care. They are selfless, humble, and compassionate. The desire to serve is innate within them. This quality - "humanistic" - is inherent in those that want to successfully make it through medical school and training, and a rewarding career in medicine.
On an aside - we recently launched a brand new, 2018 eBook available for instant download! We go into more insight on the various qualities one should have when they are pursuing a career in medicine, and more importantly for us, a BS/MD program. Hope you enjoy!