Dr. John Bruchalski
“It is always a challenge to be the point of the spear,” Dr. John Bruchalski began in a slow, quiet tone. Five medical students and he were seated around a collapsible particle-board table, topped with a vase half-full of drooping sunflowers, in his slightly-shabby women’s clinic. There, in “the board room,” he gave us courage.
As much as I want to become a doctor, I am pretty depressed by the state of medicine today. I’ve known three PAs in my life, and two of them have (independently) told me that “the golden age [of doctoring] is over,” and becoming a PA is “the fastest way to get to do what [you] want to do.” Doctors are doing more paperwork, dealing with more lawsuits, and being subjected to more government regulations than ever before. They are seeing patients for shorter and shorter times; they are seen in a poorer and poorer light by the public; and their profession is yielding to self-destroying ethical choices.
As I applied to medical school and continued through my first year, I kept wondering: “is this the right profession? Should I be a nurse/practictioner, or a midwife, or a PA, or fertility care specialist, or a counselor, or a psychologist, or…? Am I sure? Should I pull out and cut my losses?”
I persevered. And for the first time, I felt really excited about that perseverance when Dr. Bruchalski admitted, “Everything’s imploding. [But] be encouraged–it’s actually an awesome time to be a doctor. There is hope, not because it’s getting better, but because there is love.” By this, he meant that there are great and widening opportunities to show love to patients and colleagues. Because of this love, he said, “when healthcare [implodes], we’ll still be standing…pro-life and filled with social justice.”
“It’s a perfect time to be a doctor,” he restated, “because you can make a huge difference.”
Dr. Bruchalski told us briefly about his conversion; as a resident, he performed, but he’s now the founder and director of the Tepeyac Family Center, a pro-life, OB/GYN, integrated healthcare practice with top notch medical expertise that cares for the whole person (according to their website). Next, he counseled us in ways to become a good physician.