I’ve noticed that when I’m hanging out with my fellow medical students, all we talk about is medicine. On one hand, it’s understandable. We have committed so much time and effort in trying to become the best physicians we can be. This involves constant reading, hours and hours at the hospital, numerous physical exams, and tons of written notes. Therefore, it makes sense that medicine is our go-to topic when we’re with each other outside of the hospital. We talk about interesting cases we’ve seen. We discuss our experiences rotating at certain hospitals. We relate our interactions with attendings and residents. We talk about what specialties we’re considering. I find myself talking about medicine to friends who aren’t even in the medical field!
I have to admit that this gets on my nerves from time to time. There are times where I just don’t want to talk about medicine. I get sick of hearing about it. I spend my whole day dealing with all of that, why bring it to the little free time that I have? This is why I find having other hobbies so imperative (check out the post I wrote about not forgetting about your other interests!). Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s necessary to talk about situations that we’re experiencing, but I simply don’t want it to make up a majority of my time with friends.
I encourage all of you to spend some time with friends that aren’t in the medical field. It can reduce your stress! Putting medical students in a room can add to your stress level! Take some time to take a step back and talk about something else!