What’s up party people? It’s Dr. Buck, and I am on my way to work.
I got asked what made me go into general surgery. So I figured that was a good place to start since it’s got a good story, and I love talking about myself. It’s my favorite subject. I’m just kidding. One of my favorite subjects.
I’ll tell you a little story before we get there. When I was young, my dad was really big- Well, he’s still really big into hunting. He used to take us as kids hunting all the time. I started going when I was, like, 10 years old. That was duck hunting and stuff but then we started, I started going on big game hunting later. 13, 14 I think. When you do that, you kill an animal, you have to fill, dress the animal.
What you end up doing is taking all of their guts out. Well, when you’re 14, you get to see what’s going- the insides of another animal. I think that prompted me to start thinking about something in medicine. At that point, I didn’t really know but I was curious what all these organs were and what they did and how they worked and stuff like that. So that’s what started everything.
The other thing was I always liked doing things with my hands. When I was young, I used to draw a lot. And then in college, I took some painting classes and I started painting a lot. My dad did a lot of carpentry work. He was really good at it, and my grandfather did that as well. So I think I was maybe…I don’t know if you wanna call it in the bloodline or something like that but anyway, I really enjoyed that.
When I was, like, 17, I saw a documentary on these surgeons and I don’t really remember what kind of surgeons they were but I thought that was pretty cool. That was about the coolest and most amazing thing that I could even think of doing at the time. And so about that time, I decided that’s what I wanted to do.
I wasn’t really that sure of myself, so I didn’t fully commit because I wasn’t sure if I was smart enough, honestly.
So I went into college, and I did really bad. I didn’t have the confidence. I didn’t think I could be that smart, and I self-sabotaged. I did. I got, like, a 1.8 or a 1.9 GPA my second semester in college. My parents basically said, “Either you get- You go to class.” ‘Cause I wasn’t going to class. “Either you go to class and start getting some good grades or we’re not paying for your education anymore.” ‘Cause, basically, I was just going to fraternity parties and drinking and stuff.
I did a little bit better the next semester and then I think around my second year, I took this class. I was in summer school, and I took this class. It was How to Study. Essentially, it was like, “Don’t procrastinate and don’t…What do you call it when you just study overnight? Cram! It was like, “Don’t cram. Take it in small chunks, and you’ll do better.”
I started doing that, and I started getting straight As. It was actually a funny story because when I was in physical chemistry and organic chemistry, I did really bad. I had this group of friends. We took physics, and I was so scared of physics that I got a tutor on top of the fact that I learned how to study. Then the first test in physics, I broke the curve. So I got the highest grade in the class. All of my friends thought I was cheating. But I wasn’t cheating. I just started learning how to study and all that stuff.
Fast forward to med school. I ended up getting in- Well, I guess residency. Getting into general surgery. That was actually probably the easiest surgery to get into because I was an IMG, international medical graduate, and I did that because I did so poorly in the first few years of college. So I couldn’t get into a regular, a US school. I took, basically, whatever I could get in surgery and I figured general surgery was the easiest of all surgeries to get into, and that’s what I did.
I ended up liking it, actually, because I did my residency in Detroit and it was- There was a lot of trauma, there was a lot of emergency surgery. People coming in on their death bed and then you take them into the operating room, you fix them, and they live. That was really cool. That was the essence of surgery and medicine for me. I always wanted to be the hero that comes in and saves the day. For me, doing that over and over and over in general surgery, well, in Detroit anyway.
There’s a lot of different ways, a lot of different things you can do in general surgery. You don’t have to do emergency stuff. You can just do elective practice and there’s virtually no emergencies. But for me, that was really cool. That’s why I gravitated towards that.
That’s pretty much my story in a nutshell. I hope that helps somebody, and I hope I inspired somebody to do general surgery as well. I know it’s tough. It’s not exactly something that everybody desires. A lot of people want to go into orthopedics and neurosurgery and stuff like that because they make more money, honestly, and probably a better lifestyle. Which is cool if you wanna do that. That’s awesome too. But if you wanna be the hero and save the day, you go into general surgery. You be like me.
All right. Hope you enjoyed that story. Talk to you later, and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel. Take it easy.
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