A Love Letter To Aspiring Medical Students

You have to really want it, know why, and be clear about who you are when you go into your medical training. Hold the truth, hold the love, hold the healing — more good comes your way when you’re in that space. Eat well, sleep when you can. Have good love in your life. Be kind to yourself. And keep the faith.

I hope this helps…



Lissa’s P.S.

Aviva said it so perfectly that I have little to add. But the one thing I would add is a reminder that you always have choice. In my medical training, I made the mistake of feeling like a helpless victim most of the time. It left me feeling very powerless, and that powerlessness led me to tolerate sexual harassment and blatant physical abuse without reporting it to those who might have done something to stop it. I too stood by as I witnessed others being tormented because I was afraid I’d get in the line of fire if I stood up for my values. I failed to stand up to protect the patients I saw disrespectfully being called “GOMERS” (Get Out of My Emergency Room) by my superiors. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would not sell out my personal integrity the way I did. I hope you will find within you the strength to stay in choice, to realize that nobody is keeping you there at gunpoint, and to stand tall and courageous in devotion to your values. The only way our system will start to heal is if people like Aviva (and YOU) enter the system, emerge out of it unbroken, and unite, arm in arm, to heal our beloved profession and protect the lineage of the healer that called us to serve in the first place.

You can do this. I believe in you.

With love and faith in the future of medicine,


Lissa Rankin, MD is a mind-body medicine physician, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute training program for physicians and other health care providers, and the New York Times bestselling author of Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself.  She is on a grass roots mission to heal health care, while empowering you to heal yourself.  Lissa blogs at LissaRankin.com and also created two online communities - HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com. She is also the author of two other books, a professional artist, an amateur ski bum, and an avid hiker. Lissa lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and daughter.


In order to comment on BlogHer.com, you'll need to be logged in. You'll be given the option to log in or create an account when you publish your comment. If you do not log in or create an account, your comment will not be displayed.