A speech was given by the Chief of Surgery to interns:
"Each one of you comes here today a hopeful. Wanting in on the game. A month ago, you were in med school being taught by doctors. Today, you are the doctors. The seven years you spend here as a surgical resident will be the best and worst of your life. You will be pushed to the point. Look around you. Say hello to your competition. Eight of you will switch to an easier specialty. Five of you will crack under the pressure and two of you will be asked to leave. This is your starting line. This is your arena. How well you play? That's up to you."
When you are in med school, you know nothing about the other world. The world outside your solace zone is a world not explored, and to explore that unknown world, you need to brace yourself with these ten prime qualities in the med school itself.
- HEALTH IS WEALTH:
The good old saying which explains a lot to doctors in their med school, but very little to the average person. Health is the only powerful object which you will crave once you're old, wrinkled and bruised, but if you take care of yourself when you're young, wild and free then old age won't hit you like a storm!
- KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:
If you know what's normal, then you will appreciate what's abnormal. Without the knowledge of the normal, you won't know what's abnormal in a patient. And, if you don't trace the disease, you won't crack the code and cure the disease! First, know physiology, then love pathology.
- WORK AND PLAY SHOULD GO HAND IN HAND:
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. If you just study, study and study till the end of time, you won't have the energy to play and ease your overly strained mind! It's necessary to relax amidst grasping difficult to remember and recollect concepts.
- HAVE A ROLE MODEL:
It's extraordinarily beneficial to have somebody you admire, somebody who inspires you. In order to follow his footsteps, and similarly succeed in life. It can be your professor, your family physician, or your mentor.
- DEATH IS INEVITABLE:
Certain things are beyond your control. Know your limits, know your field's pros and cons before you jump into the world of medicine. You may fear it, but you cannot escape it. The sooner you know it, the better for you to accept it as a practicing physician.
- SLEEP IS ABOVE ALL:
Without sleep, you won't work properly. If you appear for exams without sleep, then you will leave a question or two because your mind is likely to go blank. Sleep is a biological need of the body, and you learn about it only in your med school.
- CURIOSITY IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING:
Asking doubts is feeding your inner questions. And, the more doubts you have, the more you have understood the subject. Without doubts, you haven't even begun understanding the subject, let alone falling for it.
- MEDICINE IS NOT JUST THEORY, IT'S PRACTICALITY:
Memorizing a few terms will not help you. But if you know how to apply what you just memorized, then you will acknowledge that medicine is not just theory, but a movie, wherein you play the protagonist.
- TIME IS PRECIOUS:
It takes fifteen minutes for a cardiac arrest patient to die if you don't tend him. Time is incredibly precious, you may attend exams on time, but lives will be at stake if you don't respect time.
- HELP AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN:
Make 'helping others' your strategy. The more you help, the more lives you save. Having this attribute can do wonders to your career.