Episode 14: Are you a perpetual people pleaser? Did it start as a Pre-Med? Dr. Dan reviews a recent article published by The New Physician in which the reasons for premed student unhappiness are exposed. “Basically, you just need to do what makes you happy – and stop worrying about what some admissions committee is going to think years from now.”

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Physicians are altruistic, but can we go too far? Daniel Erhman from the University of Michigan Medical School thinks so – and I agree with him.

In the most recent edition of The New Physician, Daniel does a great job of articulating how trying to please a premed adviser can lead to unhappiness. Believe it or not, there are tons of choices for volunteer and research opportunities. If you have a tough time choosing, you may want to reconsider how sure you are that you want to be a physician in the first place.

I mean, if you’re so sure you want to be a doctor but haven’t a clue what interests you, then how can you claim to know what you’re talking about? More importantly, be honest with yourself about your reasons for wanting to become a physician. If you don’t really want to write the truth on your application because of how it might be perceived, then you aren’t creative enough to put a positive spin on who you are and what makes you tick.

Dr. Dan can help.

Leave your comments below and let me know your questions about how to best explain your motivations for choosing the volunteer and research opportunities that you did.

Best,

Dr. Dan

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