For the students who have survived their foray into clerkship, congratulations for making it this far. You are only a year away from finishing your medical schooling. Here are some words of wisdom as you draw closer to the end as an undifferentiated stem cell and down the new path as a resident.
It’s in the act of making things that we figure out who we are.
We treat patients, not diseases.
All healthcare flows through the relationships between the healthcare provider and patient.
The spoken language is the most important tool in medicine.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
It is the duty of a doctor to prolong life. It is not his duty to prolong the act of dying.
Firstly, to you and everyone else who have been submitting questions, I am sorry for the late reply.
The circumstances surrounding my plans to pursue medicine are complicated. However, if I could go back and give myself advice in a different life, I would advise taking my time. One of my biggest regrets has always been coming into medicine young. I feel that I could have benefitted from a year or two of life experience: working, volunteering, exploring, travelling etc.
The secret to being a great candidate is not how much time you invested in research, how many doctors you shadowed, or how stellar your grades were. The secret to being a great candidate doctor is being a well-rounded, honest, dependable, and kind person. Where medical knowledge can always be taught in school, these qualities that ultimately define you as a candidate are developed through the experiences you have gained in your life.
Trust no one.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.