Things to do before you become a doctor
Seau-Tak Cheung advises on what to do before becoming a house officer
The day is fast approaching when thousands of final year medical students will enter the brotherhood that they have been waiting for so patiently. With all the excitement and rush to hold this prestigious title, it is easy to forget the hardships ahead. Now that I am a seasoned house officer, I would like to share my wisdom so that you may use your time wisely before 1 August--the day when you wear your shining white coats for real.
While at medical school it is possible to take holidays of two or three months duration. Instead of using this time to explore the exotic places that this planet has to offer, a couple of weeks somewhere in the south of Spain is closer to reality. For those in the final year, there will not be another opportunity for several decades where you can take so much time to travel. At