In medical school you work for free. In fact, you pay to work 16 hours a day and go into debt doing so. It conditions us for greed. When I arrived in medical school I thought it a bit vulgar that doctors are so highly paid for the work in human suffering. Now I am ready for the big paychecks. I am tired and the dream of wealthy leisure appeals to me. During the late nights on call I find myself dreaming of a large house deep in the woods far from the rest of the world. I long for the room full of books with the seat by the great fireplace where I can read my books and drink my coffee, safe and secure in the comforts of riches. It is comfortable, safe, unconcerned, and it is a far cry from the ideal I learned in
Temptation whispers in your ear, "Why not look out for your own comfort? You have done enough for your poor suffering brothers and sisters. You have done more than your share. You deserve this. How can you be what they need without taking care of yourself? You are called to share the sufferings of Christ and consider yourself the least among our brethren, but your responsibility of suffering has been paid of in these years of grueling training and long hours. When off-duty you must be pampered, safe, and free from concern for your fellow men. You need to be rich."
And so the physician who should be servant of all suddenly becomes a person of wealth and privilege. I should fear this temptation much more than I do. This new and wealthy "Dr Whittemore" is here to rob you of who you were meant to be. Do not trust his kind and happy face. He means to suck you dry and leave you greedy yet unsatisfied.