To be a doctor
- By: Neil Patel
After passing my finals, I have been asked many times by friends and family, “So, what's it like being a doctor now?” But I'm not sure how to answer. Has my life really changed that much? Of course, passing was a big relief, but my usual response is, “Well, it's a bit like being a medical student, really.” I expected my preregistration house officer job to be similar to my final year at medical school-but with more responsibility and a salary.
A few weeks later, I found myself sitting through two days of induction talks on important topics, such as infection control. But looking around at my colleagues I saw blank faces, frenetic fidgeting, or bilateral ptosis. I wondered when the real action would start. I still didn't feel like a doctor. When would we get the chance to manage a myocardial infarction as we had been taught so meticulously