Interested in science with a rounded, human edge? Medicine is like that.
Able to focus intently and retain large amounts of academic information on a daily basis? Medical school will require that. This information is not necessarily difficult, but there is a lot of it and med school won't be the end of it. A career in medicine is a commitment to lifelong learning and you should enjoy the process.
Intuitive and tactful in your relationships with others? I might as well be explicit. It's important that you not be an asshole if you desire a clinical career. If you are one, here's some good news: Once recognized, assholeness can be fixed. It is a huge privilege to be entrusted with the care of your fellow human beings. You should be humbled by the marvelous complexity of the human body and be kind…despite fatigue and frustrating distractions.
Able to recognize the perimeters of your competence and/or skills? This ability will help keep you out of trouble, but more importantly, will serve the best interests of your patients.
A problem solver? Medicine will offer plenty of them! Every day.
A team player? Trust me, things are different now than they were in 1955. Loner docs get in trouble. Fast.
Able to cope in an atmosphere of constant challenge?
I hope this short list gets you thinking. I could make it longer…but why?
Finally, one last bit of wisdom from a veteran internist who's just about seen it all: Those aspects of your personna in which you take the greatest pride are the very ones that will become the weakest link in your chain. Broken links require a welder. Don't ask me how I know.
Bill Reid, studied at University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Medicine (1972)