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What is your greatest fear about being a doctor?

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By: Darby Faubion

How to Answer

We all have things that make us feel afraid from time to time. Recognizing them is the first step in overcoming them. This question is an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you on a personal level. Being willing to talk openly to someone about things like this shows your softer side, which is important when you are trying to build a good rapport during an interview.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"My greatest fear about being a doctor is that I am not learning and Growing fast enough to save more people. I know that we can't heal or save everyone, but as a doctor, I want to give everything that I can to those who trust me with their care."

Entry Level
Answer example

"I think we all fear something on one level or another. For me, I fear that I may miss something when I am treating a patient. We all have a main objective to find the source of a problem and treat our patients with care. I always want to go home at the end of my day knowing that I gave everything I could to improve the life of someone else."

Experienced
Answer example

"Honestly, there is not a day that goes by that something doesn't cross my mind and I wonder if I could have done more or taken a different approach to the type of care for a patient. Of course, I give all I have and am very dedicated to my patients. I guess part of what keeps us going and makes us better is the fear of being inadequate."

Written by:

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: 01/06/2015
Last modified on: 11/19/2018

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What is your greatest fear about being a doctor?
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I define great patient care as "the golden rule." DO unto others as you would do unto yourself. Or in other words, think of each patient as if they were your own mother, you want to act as a guide providing all options, respect the decision they make and then work your hardest to get the best outcome.
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