T-10 days until doctor-dom…prepare for the nostalgic posts
After 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of medical school, and countless unpaid loans, I can finally see my future…even if it is a little foggy (the first minute of that video perfectly sums up how I feel right now). My entire life I knew I wanted to be a doctor, but only recently did I realize that this goal really only took me as far as getting into medical school. Schooling is something I’m familiar with. I’m comfortable with the title of “student”, and have worn it with pride for over 20 years. Suddenly I am facing the fact that this title will soon be replaced by “doctor”, and the butterflies of excitement I feel in my stomach could easily be confused for nerves. In a matter of a few short weeks, I will lose the safety net that has been beneath me every time I introduced myself to a patient as a medical student. I will no longer shake my head politely and correct patients when they accidently call me doctor. Instead, I will own that title and all the responsibility that comes with it. This new level of responsibility is both terrifying and absolutely thrilling. When the time comes, I know I’ll be ready to accept it with open arms, but for now I prefer to look back over my many years of being a professional student and revel in how far I’ve come.
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