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Set in the late 1970s, the Reluctant Intern by Bill Yancey tells the story of Addison Wolfe, a recently graduated doctor who failed to reach his aspirations of working for NASA and instead finds himself in the rotating internship of the University Hospital in Jacksonville. The story chronicles his experience from his first day until his last as an intern.
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Thanks for your question.
I was definitely in a similar state of mind before going into medical school. In some ways, I still do sometimes. What allowed me to alleviate those fears was the conclusion that every doctor that I will ever meet was exactly where I was then and there, even now. And yet they all have made it.
That is not to say it is an easy process. Medical school and residency are processes that disassemble and rebuild you to fit the mould of the doctor. There is a steep learning curve as you make the transition from academia to clinical work. But eventually, you do get used to the emotional and physical demands of the job.
I would be careful not to equate tolerance with acceptance. Some days the stresses can be overwhelming but between your family, friends, and most importantly your classmates, you find supports to help you through those challenges times.