No, I didn't get an F in medical school. And no, I did not fail my boards. But I did fail. It happened in my first year of medical school. I hope by sharing this story you can avoid the mistakes I made and recognise that failure is part of success.
My first year was far more demanding than I had expected, and I was soon struggling to keep up. Fortunately, I was assigned a tutor. I can remember our first encounter as though it were yesterday. I left for my appointment, and I was delayed on the way with no means to let him know that I would be late. This was a time before mobile phones and credit card calls. By the time I arrived my tutor was furious.
The encounter began, “How dare you waste my time like that? I am a full professor, and you have