“Can I look at that book?” said the man next to me in an accent I would soon learn to be Pakistani. I had placed the book face down on the park bench intentionally. In a busy, public place, I didn’t want to broadcast that I was reading The Doctors Guide to Smart Career Alternatives and Retirement.
The back cover contained enough information to pique the polite man’s interest. “Sure,” I said. I was genuinely curious as to why the guy, who has holding a baby boy on a Thursday afternoon in Nickelodeon Universe, would be interested in a book about leaving medicine.
One Man’s Regret After Leaving a Medical Career Behind
“I left medicine after two years,” he told me. After two difficult years of studying the medical sciences in Pakistan, he decided it was not for him. Now he is a police officer in Pakistan on a one-year leave for an academic fellowship at the University of Minnesota.
Did he regret leaving medicine? Absolutely. His sister and numerous friends are now physicians, earning the equivalent of $10,000 to $30,000 US dollars per month in private practice in Pakistan. He earns about $2,000 a month and lives under the constant threat of being targeted by terrorists as an officer of the peace.
After two months in The States, he has a favorable impression of our nation. He appreciates how people follow the rules and respect private property. He had seen the movie Fargo prior to his arrival, and had read about this “Minnesota Nice” thing, so he had some distorted idea of what to expect.
His wife and three children had joined him just a week prior to our chance meeting, and they were happy to be reunited. They found the people here to be much friendlier