Discernment for the People-Oriented Free Spirits
August 16, 2011 12:31 PM Subscribe
Are there any ENFPs (Myers-Briggs Type) medical doctors out there with advice on how to get through all of the mundane, logical coursework that prerequisites and medical school classes entail?
posted by sunnychef88 to Education (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As a recent graduate about to do the year of coursework required to take the MCAT, I just have so much anxiety over whether this is the right field for me since my Ne (Extraverted intuition) is always free associating and making connections at a thousand miles an hour, seeking novelty and creativity, and quickly tiring of having to do the same task over and over again. I know that I'm intelligent enough to get As in the prerequisites (chemistry, biology, organic, etc.) and that I have so much passion for what I'll be doing someday as a doctor, practicing holistic patient-centered care. I know with my empathy and way of connecting with people on their level, and creative problem solving skills, I have the potential to be a great doctor if I can get through all of the busy work and remain organized and pay attention to details.
Aside from excessive boredom, I struggle with wanting think about people over whatever else I should be thinking about. Personal relationships have, in the past, thrown a kink into my academic pursuits, and I'm terrified that I'll form an emotional attachment to someone a month before the MCAT and bomb it for lack of preparation or sleep. That's just an example of how emotionally-driven and people oriented my brain is.
Have you been able to tame your brain and make it work "inside a box" for the duration of time (~6 years) it takes to become an MD or DO? Any strategies or inspiring stories are welcome.