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.