Succession in Medical Profession


I find many similarities between politicians and doctors in the way they pass over their profession to the offspring.

First and foremost, many parents feel doctor is a noble profession when their children could easily move up the social strata, becoming a doctor is the simple answer to the quest of honor and glory. In some cases, the business entity like clinic and dispensary has to be handed over to the children.

The subconscious motive to many doctors is the need to pass over their legacy of wealth and generosity to the next generation.

It is a believe, to my mind, among some medical professionals that if their offspring fail to become professional equivalent to the parents, the upbringing is default in some ways or another. Becoming a flop family is a disaster. The families often gain less respect among peers and colleagues. Worst still some wive of doctors tend to compare their children achievement as the benchmark of family success. Not to mention on what car they owned and what house they lived in.

When competition is the only game in town when it comes to comparing social status, the inter-family relationship would be difficult.

The same phenomenon has also been observed among teachers as many of them are wealthy resulting from ‘privatization of the teaching profession’ in the beginning of this century.

As society progresses, challenges are unavoidable and social commentaries continue..

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