A year older and a year unwiser?
- By: Tiago Villanueva
I would have been a doctor by now if I hadn't been forced to spend nearly a year out from medical school. Now that I'm back to my old life, what has changed? The most obvious and relevant aspect is in my head. It's not so much factual knowledge lost that worries me, but rather it's my unfit brain taking much more time in reasoning medical problems.
I am sometimes hesitant to ask doctors questions, fearing that they sound too basic and I will sound stupid. And it doesn't help to see my colleagues holding heated discussions about this and that disease, showing off their finely tuned mind and matured knowledge gained through experience and time spent learning and thinking.
Another nagging aspect is the delay of entry into the labour market. Not that I am particularly looking forward to starting paying my taxes or arguing with the hospital administration