know what you’re getting yourself into

I cannot stress this point enough when it comes to med school. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not for everyone. Some people just aren’t cut out for it even if they think they are and their numbers are stellar. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies and neither is being a doctor. In fact, a first year at my school committed suicide earlier this year. And two first years at another med school also took their own lives. Sadly, I found myself thinking that the admissions process should have weeded these people out so that those spots wouldn’t have been wasted. Yes, it’s cold, but I can’t help thinking that way because these people should have known what they were getting into and whether they could handle it or not. If you’re not tough enough, then step aside and let the people who are tough enough have a shot at it. Because it doesn’t get any easier. Besides, you offed yourself in first year?! That’s not even when it’s the toughest. As my friend said when she heard the news, “What, why kill yourself during first year? Things are still good then. If anything, I would kill myself during third year.” Sad, but true. If you can’t even handle first year, then you shouldn’t even be in med school.

There’s also an MD volunteering in my lab because she’s interested in the specialty that this department is based in and my major professor is somehow connected. She was originally an internal medicine resident but dropped out of her program because she couldn’t take continually diagnosing people with conditions that she could not fix. Um, where were you during your internal medicine rotation? Didn’t you already know this before choosing the specialty? And how does this new specialty help? She’ll probably end up also dropping out of this new residency and become a teacher or something. What a waste.

So, please, if you want to be a doctor, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. And, no, don’t base your perceptions of medicine on Grey’s Anatomy or House.

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