Who I Want to Be

Family is every-
thing to me.
So many others
want to be defined
as doctors.
I want to be
known for being
a good husband,
a good father,
someone with a
heart for kids
who also happens
to be
a good doctor.

Notes from the interview that inspired this poem:

“I will choose work life balance over being consumed by my profession every day,” he said. He was a third-year medical school student, and was beginning to think about what specialty he might pursue. While it was very important to him to become a committed and competent doctor who built relationships with his patients over time, he was also very close with his family, and wasn’t willing to sacrifice his family life, now or in the future, for his profession. “Sometimes I worry I may be looked down upon for this, since so many in this field prioritize medicine above all else in their lives. I hope the poem can reassure me I can still be a good doctor and make a difference while living a balanced life. I always knew I wanted to be a doctor, but it’s not who I want to be known as. I want to be known more as a good husband and father,” he said.

Interviewee: Anonymous, Medical Student
Listener Poet: Jenny Hegland

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