There are many types of misconceptions about physicians.The worst type of misconception is what I would like to call the “conspiracy theorist” misconception. There are many folks out there who imagine that physicians get kickbacks (illegal) for everything they do, from giving vaccines to writing prescriptions to ordering lab tests. Nope. Sorry to disappoint. We get paid for the visit, and we get reimbursed for procedures. The same conspiracy theorists often speculate that we are “hiding the cure” for everything from cancer to diabetes, in order to…um…make you all sick so we can make money off of your misery. These people fail to make the important connection that if I had the “cure” for anything, I would be fabulously wealthy. Cures would be selling like hotcakes? We would not hide them, we would be appearing on Shark Tank looking for investors. And we would be giving them to ourselves instead of dying like the rest of you.Next up is the “perfection” misconceptions about doctors. People imagine that doctors don’t get sick, don’t get cancer, don’t die just like everyone else. They have NO IDEA what we are going through as we smile and care for them. Many of us are hiding chronic pain, cancer, loss, depression, and every other malady known to man. We just don’t tell you when you walk in to see us. In fact, doctors have the highest rate of SUICIDE among all professions. Mostly because we are not permitted to seem weak, fallible, or depressed, while at the same time being held to expectations of perfection that are impossible for ordinary humans to meet. There is an old saying that “nobody is perfect.” Doctors are not perfect, but if we do not perform perfectly, we could be responsible for someone’s death or disability. Every decision that you make, every single day, bears this burden. It is a heavy burden.Another misconception is that we are fabulously wealthy. Yes, in our mid life, we do make very good salaries. But people do not have the slightest idea of what happened to us before the good salary came along. We bought 4 years college, 4 years med school, we have enough debt to buy a nice house, then we go to residency for 3–7 years (11–15 total years of training), where we get the equivalent of minimum wage as we work 80–120 hours per week, and defer the loans we can’t afford to pay back. We give up our twenties. Yes, the best decade of our life and youth is absolutely sacrificed for the profession. We do things like sell our blood, sell our bone marrow, sign up for drug tests, sign up for cosmetic testing (ever wonder how “animal free” testing works? They test it on medical students). I rummaged through the trash for return bottles, dragged furniture off the curb on trash day. Now I make six figures. There are easier ways to make a buck. I am not fabulously wealthy. It hurts when people make sarcastic remarks about my “money” as people often do. “You are a doctor, give me some of your money,” is something I have heard (literally, those very words) multiple times. Typically with a sneer.There is one thing that is portrayed in the media that is absolutely true, though. We are all “super hot” and “mcSteamy + mcDreamy” gorgeous model worthy people who go through every day with perfect hair, buff bodies, witty banter, and oh yeah we have liasons in the broom closet with one another. Jealous? Of course you are.