Being a Doctor is Not a Profession, It is a Lifestyle

After a tiring and challenging day filled with demanding surgeries, one arrives home in the evening. The children and the wife have long been asleep. “Let me have a fatigue tea, so my day is not only spent in the hospital but also at home,” it is said, but the tea remains boiling… Sleep seems to be sweeter… Before dawn, the phone rings. An emergency patient is seeking healing. The breakfast with the children and the wife is canceled. It’s not just once a month; it’s five times, ten times…

Doktorluk Bir Meslek Değil, Yaşam Tarzıdır

During the shifts in the emergency room, all kinds of people come in—each one is a patient, carrying negative energy, looking into your eyes for healing. They all rely on your energy. With complete focus, you first identify the illness, then provide the treatment and follow up. You not only provide moral support to the patient but also to their families. When you return home after a shift, there’s nothing left for yourself or your family. But they understand the situation; they are accustomed to your world. Children grow up without seeing their father; there’s no concept of weekends or holidays in this profession.

Whether it’s an obstetrician, orthopedic surgeon, anesthetist, or internist, they go to bed thinking about their patients and wake up with them in mind. What else can they do? They constantly race with the ever-evolving technology—seeking innovations, contemplating how patients can be treated more easily and quickly. They research, wanting to contribute to science and practical work life.

They are all intelligent and intellectual minds—leading a team is also enjoyable, making the challenges forgettable. Each team member teaches you something new. There are ambitious ones, artistic ones, and good conversationalists, even those who adhere strictly to formality.

But they all converge at one point: LOVE!

As myself and my team, I take joy in having a group that operates with the awareness that health is an inherent right for individuals and humanity, valuing ethical and deontological principles, working with the principle of “first human, first patient” no matter how challenging the illness.

From student years to professorship, these self-sacrificing individuals dedicate their nights and days to the struggle for people to be free from illnesses, making it a lifelong philosophy. Even after reaching a certain position, the most satisfying thing is still the healing and discharge of patients. Thanks to these colleagues who run towards this “blind” goal, our most important asset—our HEALTH—and consequently, our future, is protected.

Thank you for being here!