Informational Interview #2
I conducted my second interview with a doctor intern. I chose to reach out to her because she was incredibly kind to me when I first arrived and spoke English very well. As I got to know her, I realized how much I looked up to her and wanted to get to know her better.
We first started off the interview talking about how the medical school process is much different in Thailand. In Thailand, they go straight to medical school for 6 years after high school. Then, they are interns for three years at a government hospital and are general doctors. After the three year internship, they then go back to school to study for their specialty. I thought the process was interesting because all doctors have to become a general doctor before their speciality and seems like it takes longer for the doctors to become a specialist, but it could be more beneficial in the long run because they have more experience in general skills.
I then asked her questions on her medical career. She decided to go into medicine because most of her sisters are doctors. Furthermore, in Thailand, the mother has a huge influence on the children’s lives, and her mother really wanted her to be a doctor. She said she enjoyed being a doctor and helping people, but would not recommend it in Thailand because they have to work long hours and have a lot of responsibility at such a young age. I was surprised by her response because I thought she would want to encourage me to be a doctor, but I also understand her response because Thai work culture is significantly more intense than American work culture. The Thai doctor interns are sometimes on call three days in a row with no breaks and have a huge role straight out of medical school.
Overall, this interview was eye-opening because I now have new perspective on what it means to be a doctor in a different country. I now have even more respect for the Thai doctors because they worked incredibly hard to get to their specialty, and I hope to work as hard as them to become a doctor as well even though it is a different process in America.