‘Why would I want that?’: My sister’s simple question reshaped my physician job search

I am four months away from graduating from fellowship, the last step in my odyssey of medical training, and my sister's simple question stopped me in my tracks.

My younger sister has just started college, and she was thinking about pursuing a career in medicine. A few weeks before she left home last summer, we looked over her course catalog together and started strategizing her pre-med classes.

“These courses are really hard,” I said. “They are designed to weed people out, so you really have to sacrifice and focus.”

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