Not Quite a Medical Student

Even as I am finishing up my 2nd out of 4 years of medical school, I often don’t feel like a true medical student. Although we may have learned about all the systems, dissected the entire human body and built a good foundation of medical knowledge, we have truly yet to experience what it means to be a doctor.

Next year is the start of clerkship and it is both exciting and frightening. Exciting because we will finally see patients daily, care for them, write up orders and learn the practice of medicine. Frightening because all our shortcomings and incompetency will reveal themselves.

So even as I pass the halfway mark on my undergraduate medical education, I feel as if I have yet to begin. I guess I’ll find out what kind of a person and a doctor I will become next year. Exciting. Frightening.

3 Responses to Not Quite a Medical Student

  1. Phan says:

    hi,
    I’ve been following the MEDaholic for quite a lengthy time now. Anyways, I think it is very true that you don’t think you are a “true” medical student, but how do u define a true medical student in the first place ? Will there ever be a definition for a “true” medical school student. I think you are growing to understand yourself more and more as the years passing by, and maybe your definition for Med student have changed over the years ever since undergrad. I think your realization of not quite a med student shows us that you are on your way to become a doctor [better version of yourself].

    Good luck and thanks for all your stories !

    • medaholic says:

      Hi Phan,

      I definitely agree with you that my definition of a medical student continues to evolve as I get more exposure. I think as an undergrad, you only have a small glimpse into life of a doctor. And as you go along, you start to paint a more realistic picture of what knowledge, responsibilities and requirements are truly needed to become a doctor.

      Hopefully, I’ll have time next year to write down what’s going on.

  2. Kylee says:

    hi,
    I’ve been following the MEDaholic for quite a lengthy time now. Anyways, I think it is very true that you don’t think you are a “true” medical student, but how do u define a true medical student in the first place ? Will there ever be a definition for a “true” medical school student. I think you are growing to understand yourself more and more as the years passing by, and maybe your definition for Med student have changed over the years ever since undergrad. I think your realization of not quite a med student shows us that you are on your way to become a doctor [better version of yourself].

    Good luck and thanks for all your stories !

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