If you are medical students or young doctors, there are certain things in your life that no one but a fellow medical student will understand. Can you relate to the following points?
1. You begin to speak in a foreign language with words like ‘histo’, ‘erythema’ and ‘endo’.
2. People around you are enjoying their lives, but you are stuck with your fat books for almost a decade.
3. You become a big hypochondriac. You are sure you have Burkitt’s Lymphoma, Cystic Fibrosis and every other disease imaginable.
4. Contrary to popular belief, doctors aren’t rich. At least, not for the first fifteen years.
5. You know residency is not like an episode from Grey’s Anatomy. It’s so much worse.
6. Your bedside manners can sometimes challenge you.
7. You learn to appreciate power naps thanks to horrendous night-shifts.
8. Your handwriting is actually not that bad. Or is it?
9. When people overestimate you.
10. You keep your new, good clothes safe in your closet because body fluids, body fluids everywhere.
11. Your labcoat, which is full of junk, identifies you.
12. You know the power of a single ballpoint. You life relies on it now.
13. You have missed a friend’s wedding because you were on ‘call’.
14. Your face when a patient questions your competence.
15. Summer reading involves going through First Aid for the USMLE.
16. You know the excitement of doing the ‘real’ procedures for the first time.
17. It soon wears off though.
18. Seniors doctors treat you like dirt.
19. But it’s okay because your time will come.
When are you doing your post-graduation?