Not sure I want to be a doctor
“Exodus” accurately describes the situation in Germany.1 I agree that many medical students choose not to become doctors because of the experience we have in our final year. No one tells us how many hours to work, what to do when we are ill, or what to do about holidays. The first step would be to give us a handbook, a curriculum, or some regulations.
On my first day I wasn’t shown the ward or the hospital or told what to do in an emergency. I was just handed a tray full of needles for taking blood samples. The first thing every German student has to learn is that you are there to take the blood samples. Most mornings we are alone in a ward with as many as 30 patients. We have to examine new patients without a doctor supervising us. Nobody helps, and nobody tells us what to