Overwhelmed, overworked, overtired, and over there
Long hours, intense teaching sessions, and strict punctuality; Mark Silvert got more than he bargained for at Harvard Medical School
- By: Mark Silvert
I remember his words to me before I left: “They do things quite differently over the pond you know. The Americans do not mess around when it comes to their medicine--early starts and long days. Enjoy yourself. It will be a great experience.”
I walked out of the psychiatrist's office at a London hospital. It was December and the cold temperature was biting. I never did enjoy the winters in London. I walked down the street wondering how hard Harvard Medical School really was.
Two weeks later when I arrived at Vanderbilt Halls in Boston, an angry blizzard greeted me. I found my room and shook off the snow. A medical student, who happened to live in the room opposite me, sat me down and chatted with me for a while. I was starting to feel at home until she got up abruptly, informing me that it had been nice