My motives for becoming a doctor wouldn't have cut it at a selection interview

A gangrenous finger and the horrors of war made Dr Pam Rachootin want to learn to treat herself.

I believe my career in medicine would have been thwarted had I been subjected to an interview and asked why I wanted to become a doctor.

I started my working career as an epidemiologist. By the time I moved from my home in the US to Denmark, I had an excellent academic record, but minimal experience. Nonetheless, in Denmark I conducted research with a very inspiring academic who believed in my abilities and we published a number of significant papers