Following the FootstepsCreated by:
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We are all very proud of playing a vital role in each nation's healthcare system. One profession complements other fields that ensure quality care of patients. Most healthcare professionals would agree that there is nothing like finding fulfilment in knowing that you make other's lives better. It is a vocation to be obsessed with facilitating the healing of a person with illness. It would come to no surprise that our ideal thinking (well, most of us) would be for our children (or future children) to follow our footsteps. We would prefer our children to experience the intoxicating gratification that comes with being a healthcare provider.
Honestly, my wife and I have long discussed as to whether we would encourage our daughters to take up medical school. Our answer is no and yes. No, if the kids would pretty much be forced to follow our footsteps. We would rather let them find their own passion if they feel that the field of medicine is not right for them. It would really be a nightmare for a person to be forced to go through medical school and multiple personal sacrifices if he/she feels lukewarm about the profession. We find it unfair for them to spend the primes of their lives trying to please us by forcing to go through medical school. If one or both of the kids show immense passion in pursuing the field of medicine, then we would gladly allow them to fulfill their calling. What I am trying to say is that our children can enter medical school if they genuinely wish to do so. We would not force them to pursue the field of medicine if the main reason is to have continuity of our proession.
For the MIMS community, would you prefer your children (or future children) to pursue the same career as yours?