Physicians: there are few professions that match medicine for responsibility and status. During the past 10 years we have gone from a surplus to a shortage of physicians and their workload has increased by 7%. The population has gotten older and each person has a greater number of health complaints. : people are drawn to medicine because of career opportunities, desire to help patients, the chance to use personal skills, and the chance to pursue science interests (do research). The tendencies in medicine are for introverts to get into family medicine and extroverts to get into surgery. People in medicine also tend to be perfectionists and conscientious. Conscientiousness is important in medicine because mistakes can cost lives. Extreme perfectionism is bad, however, because you can never truly achieve perfection, and people who are like this are more prone to distress in the form of depression and hopelessness. Medical school: there is a pre-med syndrome associated with medical school mentality.