“I’m just a medical student”
When I was faced with the daunting task of catheterising a real patient for the first time I reflexively responded with the magical phrase, “I’m just a medical student.” I thought it was the safe and sensible thing to say and spared the patient from enduring me fumbling by their bedside. That was until a nurse responded with “Just a medical student? You are a medical student, and you are doing this catheterisation.” That day I learnt not to hide behind my status as a student and to grab opportunities like this one.
It didn’t surprise me that a poll on student.bmj.com showed that 69% of voters didn’t feel that medical school prepared them for their first day as a doctor. However, I think it’s a reflection of students’ ability to underestimate themselves rather than the state of medical education. You should feel reassured after reading “My first day