‘I’ve never questioned my decision to help those in need’

Posted on 24 May 2018

Dr Melanie Erasmus is a Mediclinic Emergency Centre GP and virtual consultant who helps addicts on the road to recovery. She shares how medicine is part of her DNA.

‘I was simply destined to be a doctor and I never questioned the universe. I have never considered my profession to be a “job”. To me it is an embodiment of a lifestyle, rich with ethical principles.

‘I’m hardworking, wilful but extremely dedicated. Once I put my mind to something and truly believe in the outcome, hardly anything will stop me from achieving my goal. However, after 19 years in the profession, life has taught me the value of teamwork and trusting those around me with true intentions.

‘My job isn’t always plain sailing, but by focusing on what is important, it naturally leads to a feeling of overall serenity and enjoyment.

‘Learning to deal with difficult days is a process that one masters with the progress of time. During the years I have learned that it is especially through facing difficult cases that one learns the most, both on an academic and personal level – not to mention a spiritual level.

‘It often becomes difficult to detach from your personal feelings. We learn to put up masks. But at some stage that becomes unhealthy. We remain human, with human emotions and part of a larger society. The art in dealing with these situations is to be secure within your support structure and to gain meaning from your spirituality.

‘When it comes to good patient outcomes, I’m just grateful for having been given the opportunity to serve my community in any way possible.

Published in First Aid

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