Medicine was my calling, but knowing I could quit made dark days bearable

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The job can be emotionally and physically tough. Every day I choose to stay, I reaffirm my commitment to my profession

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At a recent surgical dinner, a consultant blindsided me with an oft-dreaded question: “Why did you want to be a doctor?” I hadn’t thought about it for years. The only answer I could give was: “It was a calling.”

As I’ve mulled over the question since, I’ve not been able to produce any other answers.

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