Things I wish I knew before medical school
- The learning NEVER stops. I spent 12 years in medschool, residency, fellowship. Now, I'm still trying to keep up with CMEs and journals.
- Medical school is only the first, baby step. There's a long way to go after that (if someone had told me that training would take 12 years, I'd tell them to go straight to hell, and went into male prostitution).
- Medicine will forever, irreversibly, mess up your sleep. I thought of this Sunday when I woke up, wide awake, at 6.30 am and started my day.
- Despite what mom says, being a doctor don't mean a long line of women waiting for you (unless you're an OB/GYN) (Luckily for me, I found one, and what a woman she is)
- The more you subspecialize, the less you know.
- Being a naive first year medstudent in 1996, I thought someday I'd look like Dr. Doug Ross, with his white coat flapping behind him like some superhero cape. To the present and reality: I neither look, walk, talk like, and am nowhere as successful as George Clooney. And that thing flapping behind me is probably a piece of toilet paper stuck to my shoe.
- There is absolutely nothing cool about wearing a pager and being on call. The adrenaline rush is over-rated.
- The number of strands of hair remaining on your head will be inversely proportional to the number of years of training you undergo (tip: don't specialize).