PERKS OF BEING A DOCTOR THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT
Sure everyone thinks we dress like Mindy Lahiri, drive fancy cars, and live in mansions (typically all false), but here are some of the REAL perks of the job.
- •Access to medical supplies and equipment; for example, your own handheld ultrasound machine to spy on your baby!"Blobby" was practicing somersaults, spins, flips, and moving its arms, legs, hands, and feet. We have a lime-sized gymnast on our hands. #olympics2036
- •Winning arguments, i.e. knowing when people are full of BS medical advice/knowledge and being able to call them on it, with research evidence.Vaccines don't cause autism. The flu shot doesn't give you the flu, and amber necklaces for teething are hazardous, have no proven benefit (sorry), and are actually not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics because of the associated dangers. #sorrynotsorry
- •Knowing what to do in a medical emergency (or perceived emergency)When everyone panics about the person who might be dying on the airplane, the car accident on the side of the road, or Zika virus (a real threat, but overblown/hyped up IMO — praying I don't eat my words later), you can calm and reassure them. There's something really great about not feeling helpless in a stressful situation (though there are still plenty of non-medical situations I feel helpless in—don't ever ask me to go whitewater rafting again). #trustmeimadoctor
- •You get out of jury duty almost every time.No, seriously. You're excluded because of your fiduciary responsibility to your patients, but also because your education level typically unofficially excludes you from being considered a "peer" of the defendant. I've never been summoned but everyone I know who has has been excused from the jury pool. Don't worry, we still go to court (to testify as experts or, sadly, sometimes to defend ourselves).
- •You get to wear pajamas to work.Otherwise known as scrubs. Okay, I wear my combat uniform or dress uniform in clinic. But if I'm doing surgical procedures, or am on call, or working with my hospitalized patients, I get to wear scrubs. It cuts down on my laundry by a ton, too. #workinghardorhardlyworking
- •Occasionally getting out of traffic tickets.Example: Once on the way to a trauma, I found myself cutting around a stalled vehicle and onto the shoulder to get into a turning lane that was otherwise blocked. When the cop asked me why I was in such a hurry, I mentioned I had to go to the ER. I had to clarify that the ER was slammed with patients and a serious trauma was on its way in. I got a warning and the cop forced cars out of the way to let me through. Win-win for me/ the patient. We aren't always this lucky though. #areyouacop
- •Appointment? What appointment?Typically if you need to get taken care of by your own doctor but you can't get in with them quickly, one of your colleagues can squeeze you in somewhere (during lunch or after work).
- •Feeling good about your work.There's a certain pride and satisfaction about knowing you genuinely helped someone, whether it was allaying their fears, helping them face their biggest challenges head on, helping to bring lives into the world, see lives on their way out of this world, or even occasionally saving lives. The amount of trust put into your hands is downright humbling. That's what's priceless and honestly the best perk of the job. 😊