What is the first duty of a doctor? Of a nurse? A paramedic? A first-aider?
What is the first duty of the medical profession itself?
There comes a moment in every medical student’s life, when he realises that all he’s learning is not just for exams, that one day he will be out there on his own, with real live patients and no medical professor leaning over his shoulder to guide him.
I knew it would happen.
And this week it did.
Something happened to me last week that reminded me why I'm doing what I do. And that I'm far, far away from becoming a doctor, despite the fact that I technically become one in 4 years.
And so I wrote a post on it for Medscape. Since it was posted, I have received over 50 comments, as well as numerous emails from fellow medics here at Cambridge who saw it happen. I am not proud of what I did that day. I have questioned myself countless times over the past few weeks, on my ideals, my motivation, and what it really means to be a doctor.