Always a medical student
- By: Rakesh Biswas
I started as a medical student 15 years ago. Now I am part of a teaching faculty, but I still feel like a student. The professor also feels the same way after 40 years. Science is always changing, and whatever we learn today is soon washed away by a deluge of newer evidence.
I remember how much I was in awe of my seniors, who always seemed to know so much. I thought that I too would know as much when I got to be a senior. Many years later and that moment of increased knowledge never came; I only find myself being thought of as more knowledgeable by my juniors. Whatever we learnt was instilled in us, such as the capability to apply a rule of thumb in the management of patients. But rules of thumb never work when confronted with diagnostic uncertainty complicated by the dense jungle of