My first week of orientation to hospital ended. It was a long week let me tell you. Full of as many ups and downs as I can remember every year being. And more joyous times with people.
I found that I can be extremely introverted when I’m not comfortable with the people I am around. But because now I’m an adult, I need to suck it up and do my job. Why must I be the only person who can’t be fake nice to their co-workers? It’s an important skill.
Anyway it got me thinking. At my graduation, I took the medical oath. It was a lot of generic stuff about caring for patients and making sure I make good decisions, etc.
But I need to take an oath of my own. Something relevant to me. Something I must strive to follow no matter what happens this first year of my being a doctor. And so I will write it on here so I may revisit it to make sure I’m keeping to my oath.
I promise to work hard and give my best without expecting rewards
I promise to hold myself high and trust that I am capable of doing what needs to be done.
I will not let anyone intimidate me into doubting my abilities or knowledge.
I promise to be self aware of my strengths and weaknesses and work on them accordingly.
I will always take full responsibility for my actions and decisions. I will never blame anyone else for my choices.
I promise to realise when I need help and make sure I seek the right help.
I promise to remember that nothing and no one is worth stressing about, to the point where my mental health and happiness is affected.
I promise to remember that I am here because medicine is my passion and I am good enough to be here.
I will also remember that I have other interests and talents outside of medicine that I must strive to maintain those interests.
I promise to always think of the bigger picture. Not just parts of it. It includes everyone and all their perspectives.
I promise to uphold my dignity and the dignity of patients and people I deal with.
I will ensure I remain happy.
And I will strive to ensure my reputation is one I create.
Here’s to being a functioning doctor and adult in my first year and beyond.