In a transition like no other, Sonia Wolf describes her experiences of being a medical student, then a patient, and back again
- By: Sonia Wolf
We had just moved into a new house: lovely area, great flatmates, close to college and the pub, but with a terrible shower. One night, using a vaguely remembered principle from elementary physics, I crouched down in the shower in a futile attempt to increase the water pressure. I noticed a small black mole on my inner thigh that had not been there before.
And so my story begins. Innocent enough, a chance discovery that has altered my life and the way I practise medicine. I went from medical student to patient and have come back again. I am sure that every medical student has experiences as a patient, but a serious illness made me both question and appreciate our roles as doctors and has shone a new light on my life, personal and professional.
I showed the mole to my medic flatmates, my friends, and my family. They all