I think one of the hardest things to do in medical school is to stay up to date with what is going on in the world. To do this, you have to read. And if you sit down to read articles about politics, international relations, or anything else, you aren’t reading articles about medicine. And that gunner that is on the rotation with you IS reading articles about medicine.
Of course, you can do both. You can compromise and maybe switch off between reading a news article and reading a medical journal article. But still, you could have read two medical journal articles and acquired more medical knowledge. At the same time, after a long day of work, the last thing that you want to do is read— anything. You are tired, your brain has been critical thinking all day, and you still have that shelf exam to think about studying for.
Again, the balancing act of medicine. You are always having to choose between learning something new about medicine and giving up learning about other things in life. Or you have to give up time with loved ones to be in the hospital and get more experience. Doing this for a while is fine. But EIGHT years. Four years of medical school. Four years of residency (maybe more if you want to do a fellowship or a longer residency). But eight years of basically putting a pause on developing as a human because you are worried that you won’t be a good enough doctor.