If I become a doctor…

I have an ongoing list of different things to remember if I ever become a doctor. Some of these are common sense, some are personal, some are observations I’ve made from the doctors at work (what to do AND what not to do), some are from TV shows, etc. I’ve been keeping this list on my phone, but figured I’d put it on here too and keep it updated. No names will be given, just the general “thoughts/advice” for my future doctor self 🙂

  • Remember my mission
  • Represent Jesus
  • Notice when someone is hurting
  • Listen to my patient
  • Spend time with the family
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Read b/w the lines
  • Travel to other countries and help those in need (there and here)
  • Notice when the weak are pretending to be strong
  • Look my patient in the eye
  • Never talk badly about my patient behind his back
  • Don’t complain about my job
  • Respect the nurses and all staff
  • Be honest
  • Do everything I can to help
  • Don’t let money get in the way
  • Take the advice I give
  • Stay hopeful
  • Speak with grace AND truth
  • Go the extra mile
  • Don’t ever brag about personal accomplishments
  • Think about how the medical treatment will affect the patient’s personal life
  • Know the patient’s name and refer to the patient by his/her name
  • Double-check the facts to avoid careless mistakes 
  • Call my patients at home to check on them like Dr. F called me after my wisdom teeth extraction
  • Hang in there
  • Keep an open mind about specialties
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