"I have never regretted going into medicine. I'd do
it again tomorrow, and I tell that to any youngster who is considering
it. Medicine is a calling. It is more than a business. One can
make money doing other things. But I chose medicine–surgery–because
it combined a quest for knowledge with a way to serve, to save
lives, and to alleviate suffering."
–C. Everett Koop,
MD, FACS, Pediatric Surgeon and former U.S. Surgeon General
"When a patient gets well his doctor 'feels' good–a
personal warm glow that tells him once again what being a doctor
is. This pleasure never dulls with age or time, but remains vital
and strong after decades of practice. 'Becoming a doctor' is
acquiring this ability to help a sick person get better. It is
one of the most precious skills one can acquire in a lifetime."
C. Spencer, MD, FACS, Cardiothoracic Surgeon
"Stepping into the operating room to perform heart surgery
on a sick patient, being fully in control of the large team of
people who are required to do the procedure, and feeling totally
prepared to perform the task at hand is an unbelievable feeling
that can barely be described."
–Renee Hartrz, MD, FACS,
"My life as a surgeon-scientist, combining humanity and
science, has been fantastically rewarding. In our daily patients
we witness nature in the raw–fear, despair, courage, hope,
resignation, heroism. If alert, we can detect new paths to investigate."
E. Murray, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeon
"There is a special joy that comes with the practice
of surgery. Surgeons, indeed, are distinguished by the art and
craft of their ability to perform surgical procedures or operations."
J. Krizek, MD, FACS, Plastic Surgeon
"Because I grew up with a strong family tradition of
surgery, I also acquired a strong perception of the joys and
demands of being a surgeon. Assisting people who are ill or injured
has been and continues to be a rewarding dimension of the surgical
profession for me. I would certainly pursue a career as a surgeon
again without a second thought. And I would highly recommend
the surgical profession to my children or any young person who
is interested in a career that requires a lot of you and gives
you even more in return."
–George F. Sheldon, MD, FACS, General
"The use of clinical knowledge and technical skills combined
with the experience of dealing with a variety of people on a
daily basis, make surgery a field that is not only challenging
and satisfying, but fun."
–George D. Wilbanks, MD, FACS,