Do you ever feel that your lifes been put on fast forward? I finished my first clinical firm last week. About half way through it, our consultant turned to us mid-round and said, “Youll be house officers soon, wont that be fun.” Even allowing for some creative accounting—I like to keep repeating to myself that it will be at least two years and nine months—in principle, he was right. I have spent more than half my life vaguely wanting to become a doctor at some unspecified point in the future—around the same time that Id have to start thinking about having children, paying tax, and buying things like curtains and lawn mowers. Somehow the “later” has become “really quite soon,” and things like my consultants throw away comment come as quite a shock.
Another thing thats going to take some getting used to is the change in how we learn