“A start medical student feels like he made a terrible decision” published on KevinMD by ANONYMOUS just makes me want to cry.
From the time I was 13 years old, I told my doc, Jerome Perlman, that I was going to go to medical school and be his partner. When I first brought up the subject in 1964, Jerome told me that the world of medicine was changing and the changes were not good. I ignored him.
When I graduated from The University of Virginia, I told Jerome I’d join him in 7-8 years. Jerome again told me that the world of medicine was changing and the changes were not good. I ignored him.
When I graduated from medical school, I called Jerome and told him I was one step away from joining him. Unfortunately, Jerome had to retire before I could join him in practice. His parting words echoed his thoughts from the past, “the world of medicine was changing for the worse!”
Jerome was right about a lot of things. I have strived to emulate this great man. I only wish that he had been wrong about the world of medicine’s demise. Despite the demise of my profession, I’m still glad I ignored him!