Dear Carolyn • A close friend and I are entering health science careers via graduate school. We are pretty competitive individuals, and she puts a lot of her competitive emphasis on the academic realm. She is going through medical school now, and I am going to school this spring for physical therapy. My problem is that she consistently, unintentionally dismisses my profession as easier than hers or less difficult to get into. She often makes comments such as, "I know you'll be offended by this, but most medical students who are close to failing out choose to go instead for physical therapy." I'm hurt that she could think so little of me and this profession.
Dear Hurt • Define "unintentionally." The competitiveness of your degrees and professions is irrelevant. There's just this: She: "I know you'll be offended by this, but ... " You: "Then why say it?" Consider it a public service to all the non-M.D.'s this eventual M.D. will rely upon heavily over the course of her wow career.