My First Day As A General Practitioner Essay

818 Words Sep 15th, 2016 4 Pages
“In every challenge, there lies an opportunity.” I have come to appreciate this simple yet profound statement on multiple occasions. One of those instances was my first day as a general practitioner. Directly after graduating from medical school, I had volunteered to work as an emergency physician at the hospital of the rural harbor city of Jask in south Iran, hundreds of miles away from home. The hospital served the city and all its neighboring villages with a total population of 80,000 and was known for its large volume of emergency room visits and inpatient admissions. I immediately noticed that this hospital lacked the very most basic facilities and equipment that were routinely available at all hospitals during my medical school clinical rotations. While my personal fortitude was tested every day by the lack of resources, I cherished the opportunity of practicing medicine without supervision for the first time knowing that I had to make the greatest use of my clinical skills. I was even more delighted at the prospect of caring for patients from an extremely underserved area, often from different cultures and even languages. From the outset, I would make every attempt to create a strong rapport with patients, earn their trust, and become a doctor who they could share any secret with. I was greatly aided by being able to develop a respectful working relationship with my colleagues and the local staff. It did not take me a long time to notice that individual lessons taught…

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