August 11, 2009

the master secret keeper

Today we talked a lot about professionalism and leadership - and actually already had an assignment about what people want in a doctor (and how that may be different if they have a terminal cancer, a chronic disease, or an ear ache). One thing that caught me today in the lectures was the distinguishing of a profession from a job - and what it means to call medicine "a calling". The professor said the distinction was that a profession is an integration of who are you are with what you do, versus just something you do because it pays the bills and is pretty painless (a job).

I wonder if it also works the other way: an integration of what you do with who you are.

"don't squander your love"
-Luis Alberto Urrea

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