Is teaching rewarding?BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1561 (Published 01 April 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1561
- M Vetpillai, former senior lecturer in surgery and consultant general surgeon, Jaffna, Sri Lanka, and associate specialist, emergency department, Watford General Hospital, Watford, UK
My father was a teacher in a small primary school in Sri Lanka. As a child in the school, I used to be proud when everyone praised him and said that he was a very good teacher and loved by all. When I was in secondary school, my brother and sister graduated and became teachers. Now it was time for me to decide what profession I should choose.
I too wanted to be a teacher and to be famous like my father and brother. However, the fact that my father was always poor with little income to support the family meant that I decided to study hard and become a doctor, hoping to leave behind the poverty and become famous.
After qualifying as the first doctor from my village, I got through my …