Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham thinks she can learn surgery by merely watching
We know all about Teen Mom OG Farrah Abraham's five-year plan.
She wants to get her career jump-started in medicine, and it apparently begins with an internship with one of her plastic surgeons this summer.
Abraham will be shadowing Dr. Sergio Alvarez in Miami. In a recent interview, Abraham rattled off a litany of things she is currently involved in: writing books, producing adult toys... And she seemed to say offhandedly that she wants to "do" plastic surgery.
While I entirely support her ambitious goals, she seems to be a little on the naive side. Not that she cannot fulfill her dream of doing plastic surgery, but I think she might be undercutting a little of the hard work it takes to get there, and it seems like her new mentor might feel the same way.
"I think becoming a plastic surgeon takes more than a passion, than a desire," Alvarez said. But he does note that it is exactly that passion which he sees as a big impetus for the reality TV star wanting to enter the field.
"When Farrah comes to shadow me I think we can really address her passion and give her a chance to see firsthand the changes our patients go through," he said.
Abraham has said she wants to get into cosmetic surgery because of the experiences she's had and the transformation that happened in her life as a result of the procedures she's had done.
"From seeing the best and the worst in the industry and experiencing it as well, it has me wanting to pursue and achieve the best in education to help men and woman from trauma scenarios to reconstruction and aesthetic surgeries," she said.
But the delusions of grandeur don't stop there. She continued in the Gossip Cop interview, saying, "It is incredible how important doctors [are] to our society and how they help individuals live up to their full potential in life. I hope to inspire and help others to fulfill their best selves as I do my best to become the top doctor in the nation in my future."
Like I said before, I applaud and embrace her ambition. It is inspiring that she, through her rough beginning of being a pregnant high-schooler, hasn't counted herself out and is now looking at becoming a doctor. But still, I can't help but feel as if she is belittling the efforts of those who have become the top doctors in the nation, or those who are struggling to be right now, by making it sound like something she can just show up and fill out a form for. It takes years of intense, focused training and sometimes decades of dedication and sacrifice to become a surgeon.
Need further proof of her aloofness? She continued talking about her internship as if it is an actual medical school, saying, "I want to learn through my upcoming mentorship from Dr. Alvarez about dermatology… from injectables to facial surgeries at first, then continuing education into breast augmentation and Botox procedures. I hope to sit in on surgeries to help myself understand the system and safe practices."
I wish Abraham all the best and hope she succeeds. I would never wish to see her fail. By the same token, I also don't think she quite yet fully grasps what it actually takes to become a plastic surgeon or even just to get her doctorate, for that matter. Hopefully, after her internship, she will have a better understanding, as she says.