What do you think?
1. Does it matter HOW the students got jaded/greedy and fearful about money like this?
2. Is it from ‘Bad protoplasm’ , ie those who came into medical school from the beginning seeking personal financial dynasty or did they become poisoned later?
A person commented that I ‘Must have felt like that when I was at their level’ and that is, interestingly, 100% completely untrue and completely the opposite of what I felt. When I was a student, I did not even know the difference between specialties. I thought a ‘radiologist’ administered radiation therapy for cancer. My thought, at the time, was that I had no idea about the difference in incomes.
So, the students expressing this bilge-like attitude of Money grubbing fear….. Did they START like that? Or were they MADE that way by negative exposure to burnt out faculty?
Overall, I will tell you that the efffect of the event was to TOTALLY re-enforce for me the reason I wrote ‘Routine Miracles’ . Whatever the etiology of the problem, the task is clear. As long as personal income in their highest aspiration, the art of medicine suffers.
As long as the mind of the student is warped by “I am UNSAFE, I must HIDE in a safe corner’ then the art is harmed.
The goal is to have them work on ‘How do I solve this medical problem, this riddle, cure this disease”