Sunday, June 01, 2008

Good Point

Having a terrible morning all round today. Overworked and undervalued, I was sitting in the clinic and I locked myself in the room for half an hour to clear my thoughts before seeing any patients.

After taking some time to mull things over, the door was opened and the good doctor was ready to heal the world once again. A little scrub of a kid, around 12 years of age, was the first in along with his personal driver/bodyguard. The family name on his medical records explained the situation to me, and so I sat him down to see how I could be of assistance.

Turns out he had a soft tissue injury, nothing more, and was quite pleased to get the rest of the day off because of attending our clinic this morning. I asked him where he studied and, of course, it turns out to be at my old stomping grounds of days past. I told him as much and he retorted with quite an interesting comment:

"Really? You graduated from there?"
"Yup. Class of 2000."
"Cool. So.. why are you here?"
"Well, how do you mean?"
"You know. Why are you working here as a doctor? Why not somewhere else as a businessman or something?"

12 Comments:

At 10:17 AM , Blogger mekurukito said...

dont we all sometimes feel like we need a break from work..and wonder why we're doing the job that we do..

 
At 3:00 PM , Blogger ammaro said...

that's profound.

but it should get you thinking; the doctor business in bahrain isnt the greatest business to be in (actually, most jobs in this country aren't great in terms of pay). sure, you get to help people and so on, but in terms of monetary rewards, it aint great unless you open your own practice and so on.

maybe its time to consider something more beneficial.

 
At 3:18 PM , Blogger Mo said...

After an investment of 8 years and many thousand dinars into becoming a doctor (and thoroughly enjoying what I do) I really hope that one 12 year old's comments aren't enough to make me consider something more beneficial, as you put it.

Becoming a doctor to make loads of money is a myth. Its one of those things you get told about as a child which might have been true 20 or 30 years ago, but not in this, the day and age of the banker.

Sure, we might not make as much, but the job satisfaction is immense, and is what keeps most of us going. Thanks for the suggestion, mate, but I think I'll stick with this gig.

 
At 1:13 PM , Blogger Wardat_il'7leej said...

Don't all those business men need doctors to mend them one way or another :)

 
At 2:43 PM , Blogger Seroo said...

I love that being a doctor isn't a business and that you do it for the love of the job. You don't need big bank bonuses, you've got the satisfaction of helping people every day and I cannot see a more beneficial role in society than that.
I am very proud of you love x

 
At 10:11 PM , Blogger Fastidious Babe said...

OH MY GOD! the exact same thing happened to me! but she went like why arent u into fashion, interiors or BUSINESS! XD

ah well.. nothing better than the art of healing yeah?

 
At 8:57 AM , Blogger Brian said...

ouch, that blows....

kinda hard to ditch the doctor gig too after investing all that time and money in your education!

 
At 12:43 PM , Blogger nyxxie said...

where in the world would we all be without doctors.

 
At 1:16 PM , Blogger vanita said...

where in the world would we all be without doctors.

 
At 10:58 PM , Blogger Mo said...

I kind of want to go back to that kid and rub his face in it now with the credit crunch.

 
At 12:15 PM , Blogger Nadu said...

This is funny, no offense, like the writing! A very F my life moment!

 
At 2:01 AM , Blogger Cedric said...

just checking something. nice blog

 

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