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Knowing what you know now, what would you say to someone who is considering pursuing a career in medicine?

1 of 30 Family Physician Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on December 4th, 2018 |
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The old saying 'Hindsight is 20/20' is something many people say is true. This question gives you an opportunity to show how you have grown and what kind of wisdom you may pass on to someone who is coming into this career after you. A word of caution: This is not the time to say 'Run for the hills!' Be positive!

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"I would say, 'Be open to changes and unexpected discoveries.' I started medical school thinking I would do gynecology, but like many other things in life, that changed. I found myself in a place where I wanted to care for a broader spectrum of people, and I am so glad I made the change to family medicine."

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"I would have to say, 'If you feel like you want to specialize in one area and then change your mind, go with it. We all have that special calling in our life. We just have to listen for it.'"

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"I would encourage anyone who is beginning a career in the medical field to remember to care for themselves as much as they do their patients. It is very easy to get caught up in day-to-day work and forget that while we are making a living, we forget to make a life."

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Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 06/23/2013
Last modified on: 12/04/2018
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