QUESTIONS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

Thanks @amieshmamie for the opportunity to talk about myself, and @nikkilounoel for pointing it out to me.
  1. 1.
    Did you always want to go into the medical field and are you happy with your career choice?
    I did not! I actually wanted to be a lawyer and even had a scholarship lined up to study law. Then in my matric (senior) year of high school I read a book (28 Stories of AIDS in Africa, Stephanie Nolen) that inspired me to go into medicine. I did a last minute application and even though I still wasn't sure of my choice, accepted the admission. I hated med school and feared I would regret the career choice but I'm now entering my third year of practicing and I LOVE it.
  2. 2.
    How many years of schooling did you go through post high school?
    Six. We do an undergraduate program of six years in South Africa.
  3. 3.
    How much did your educational loans add up to?
    About ZAR300k. It's not a lot when converted to USD but relative to S'African standards of living it's fairly crappy. Still paying it off. It would have been about double if I wasn't lucky enough to secure a partial scholarship.
  4. 4.
    What's the best part of your job?
    Currently I'm working in a paediatric hospital and I adore kids so probably that. I love the hope that comes with helping kids. Also, constantly learning new skills and gaining new knowledge keeps me motivated.
  5. 5.
    What's the worst part of your job?
    Two things: dealing with non-accidental injuries (abuse) is always shit. And then being on-call kind of sucks because although the overtime pay helps, working for 26 hours straight and then losing the next day to sleep kind of fucks with your life.
  6. 6.
    What's your most unhealthy lifestyle choice?
    Sleeping a lot... that's partially because of the busy schedule, and partially because of my depression. Anhedonia and avolition have always been my strongest symptoms and sometimes I just don't have the energy to fight it.
  7. 7.
    What's your overall career goal?
    I've never been the type to know exactly where I want to go in medicine. I've decided that I want to go into child health, but whether that will be as a general paediatrician, a paediatric surgeon, a sub-specialist, or in public health remains to be seen. Specialising is a means to an end for me, the aim being to be a change-maker in society (does that seem naive?). Anyway, I'm starting with a PG-Diploma in Child Health this year, and we'll take it from there.
  8. 8.
    Do people you know often ask you medical questions and do you hate it or not mind it?
    Yes. I don't hate it but I don't love it, because my answer is always, "This is what I think, but YOU SHOULD GO SEE YOUR OWN DOCTOR." (This needs its own list.)
  9. 9.
    Can we be friends?
    Aren't we already?! 😱