I’ve found over the years that a lot of people don’t know (including doctors themselves), that “doctor” means teacher. So when was the last time your doctor taught you something? I’ve also found that to be a good teacher, there are 3 important things: Ask the right questions, listen…really listen (when was the last time your doctor did that? and explain things simply.
Quite frankly I had no idea I would be a doctor when I was growing up in a blue collar home in the Chicago suburban area. And while my parents were great, let's just say they didn't encourage their six children to go to college…they were very loving and supportive, I just don't think college ever entered their minds. So because I loved and admired my father, I did what he did and finished high school and then entered the Marine Corps (had my 18th birthday in boot camp!) which I served in for 4 years.