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I've postponed my latest blog until today, since I was looking for a new lesson within this time period. Maybe because my brain got rusty out of practice, maybe for some other reason, I couldn't figure a fancy way to start my writing, so I'll just give you the lesson that I got from my recent work-life, namely the moral of the story: Working as a doctor does NOT equal putting what you've learned at school into practice.

Let me give you a couple of concrete details. In fact, I'll give you those details clause-by-clause, just to make my point brief and concise:

1 - What you've lived in the past belongs to the past, it should NOT interfere with your current interactions with other people. If someone has pissed you off in the past and you have to work with that person, you work with that person. If you have a weak point about a topic and someone accidentally brought that topic to you, you do not to get out of control, instead take the path of least resistance. It may sound like a really hard task, but no one complains about you to no one and the case is closed. Happy ending.

2 - Being employed means that you've taken responsibilities and there are rules; SERIOUS RULES, such as working hours. If you have any questions regarding the other rules, you wait for the working hours in order to ask. You do not project your questions at 9.30 p.m. when the secretary is at home sipping from whatever type of tea or liquor she/he likes, especially on WhatsApp. If you do, get ready to have a pretty humiliating answer.

3 - Life gets better when you come to the office with a couple of sweet presents after you get your first salary. People smile back at you and congratulate you as they get a taste:)

4 - When you get the good news regarding your career, do not be shy to share it with your co-workers. Do not forget to send them good wishes about their future as well :)

Hope these suggestions help for the future doctors who happen to read this post:)

I am a 25 year-old Turkish graduate from medical school.

My special interests follow as: reading medical articles, writing (currently indulged in 3 other personal blogs, one being a foodie-blog, the other ones serving as open diaries), playing violin and spending time with my little budgie.


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