Taking Advice is Hard To Do


Giving advice is easy.  Taking it?  Not so much.

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Listener Arman calls back to thank us for some good advice we gave him on continuing his hobbies and interests outside medical school!  Nevertheless, he notes how difficult it often is to take advice, even when we want it, and wonders if we know why?  Of course we do, and Levi Endelman, Tony Rosenberg, Mark Moubarek, and Rob Humble are willing to advise him.  And Samuel paints doctors with a broad brush when he writes to tell us his worries about the kinds of people who go to medical school and the sorts of things they do when they get those precious letters after their names and the prestige to go with them.

This Week in Medical News

The WHO and others are ready to add ‘gaming disorder‘ to the International Classification of Diseases, to the dismay of many experts (and little ol’ us).  And researchers in India are taking a 2014 internet hoax to its logical conclusion and trying to decide if ‘selfitis‘ (the obsessive taking of selfies) is a real concern, as well as how people use them to prop themselves up.

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2 thoughts on “Taking Advice is Hard To Do”

  1. Hello everyone! I wanted to say how much I appreciated Samuel’s point of view and questions about self-preservation. I have similar concerns about this path.
    I am working on my Bachelor’s Degree in health sciences at a small college in (rural) Oklahoma right now. I have about 2 years OR experience both as an assistant and Scrub Assistant. I have always thought I would go back to nursing school but after 10 years of working with nurses, and my brief time in the OR, I know I want to be a doctor. I need to be in an OR, for at least some of my time, and I am willing to put in the effort to get there, even if that’s not for another 15 years.
    That being said: I have three kids and a wonderfully supportive husband. I know that at some point we will have to move because of my education or career. I question whether or not I really can accomplish this because I am 26 and I feel like most people who will become doctors are applying for med school at my age. I guess my question is: am I too old to begin this journey?! And when you read the little background I’ve provided, is your first thought, “oooo yeah, that will never happen, lady” or is it more of a, “it will be hard, but not impossible.”
    I value your opinions and appreciate the witty humor and realistic but informational advice you give!! Thank you and I look forward to hearing back from you!

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