My dad wanted all four daughters to be doctors. He got 50 percent, so two out of four.
Medical school is not easy, but once I got into clinicals, I knew this is what I want to be. Seeing patients, talking to patients, making your diagnosis, giving your diagnosis and giving your treatment — that’s where I want to be.
People who come in and say, “Doctor Pouw, you’ll be proud of me. I finally quit smoking.” That’s very rewarding. After years of pounding on them and telling them this is going to kill you, they finally come in and say, “Doctor Pouw, you’ll be so proud of me. I quit smoking 4 months ago.” That’s very rewarding to me.