my neighbour runs a roaring business. as they did not attain higher education, they took it upon themselves to ensure that their 3 boys studied in the best schools & are given the opportunity & support to enter the best universities. so all 3 are enrolled in private schools. the eldest just finished A-levels & has a firm offer from UCLA Berkeley for chemical engineering, which he will accept.
the 2nd boy will be doing A-levels next year & is still keeping his options open. unlike his elder brother who is fixated on doing chemistry, his mother is trying to persuade him to do medicine. she asked me if i could show him around the hospital, just to give him a feel of what to expect, even though he has no burning desire to take up medicine.
so, i took the boy around the other day. 1st, i asked my friend Dr L if he could demonstrate some communication etiquette with his patients in the clinic. the boy got more than he bargained for because Dr L also allowed him to watch a gastroscopy & colonoscopy done on 2 different patients.
then, in the afternoon, i took him into the OT & let him witness a couple of surgical procedures. at the same time, showed him some the of advanced equipment & ran through some of the precautions taken for patients undergoing anaesthesia.
i'd say it was an eye opener for him. should he eventually decide to do it, i can expect a big treat from his generous mother. unfortunately, there was a drawback. over lunch with a few of my colleagues, all of them were adamant that they won't encourage their kids to imitate their career choice, giving reasons like over-saturation of doctors & lack of specialist training opportunites.
even though the boy is matured enough to decide for himself, never underestimate the potency & influence of maternal persuasion!!
i'll let you know if i get that dinner invitation.