Learning to live in a medical householdBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7433.235 (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:235
- Kate Billings, undergraduate student (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- department of chemistry, University of Cambridge
My two younger brothers and I have had a very medicine oriented upbringing. Our father is a surgeon with a special interest, and our mother is a general practitioner. Having reached the age of 21, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on how our childhoods have been affected by our parents' profession. My brothers and I have grown up with very different career aspirations to theirs.
I first began to get an idea of what my parents' jobs involved when I was 5 years old. A local parent asked me what my mother's profession was, and I replied, very proud of my knowledge, that she was a general practitioner. Further questioning as to what this actually entailed revealed my belief that it meant she worked two days a week. I was taught some more about my mother's work that evening.
While I was always happy to discuss my mother's profession, I used …