I’ll be the first to tell you that medical school isn’t always glamorous. More often than not, you’ll find it involves long hours of studying and late nights. First-year is said to be one of the toughest. I’m glad to have it behind me, but I also wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Being buried in the books for the first two years can be tough, but I know there is light at the end of the tunnel. There were days I really struggled and wondered what I got myself into as I went to bed. Ever since I was a child, all I’ve ever wanted to do is become a doctor so I can heal people. But why does it have to be such a grueling process?
I quickly reminded myself that we are in a profession that is entrusted with serving our patients to the best of our abilities and expertise. That, in itself, is a great honor. I realize that medicine is constantly changing, and throughout our journey, many of us will experience burn out or become skeptical of the future of health care. But just remember that we are the individuals that patients look to for meaningful solutions and outcomes.
Even when you’re telling yourself differently, stay upbeat and optimistic. Don’t forget you were chosen with the privilege to serve as a physician. There are days “I joke about #medschoolproblems, but even on the toughest days there is nothing else I would rather be doing. #riseandgrind” – Chethan Mudiyam