Student soapbox: descent into cynicism
Rob Morris cannot understand what's happened to his good intentions
So it's finally happened. I've been a clinical student for three months, and that spark of idealism and compassion that compelled me to enter “medicine” on my application form for university four years ago has been well and truly quenched.
I realised this as I sat in a local pub with the newest member of my tutorial group. A teenager, fresh from A levels, complete with made to measure trousers, she unwittingly revealed that she wanted to be a doctor so she could “help” people. I exchanged a weary, knowing glance with the final year student in the group and was suddenly transported back to my own interview at medical school. The dean had exchanged the same glance with the senior lecturer when I had confessed breathlessly that I wanted to “save lives.”
I had been so sincere all those years ago, but that was before I'd had any experience