I even have an ID badge that tells people who I am! It's very official-looking, isn't it? Looking at it, someone might even mistake me for someone who actually knows something.
|is this real life?|
All joking aside though, I am so ready to start. Being a medical student was amazing, but I can't wait to finally be able to introduce myself to patients and say "Hi, I'm your doctor." It still feels fake - even after four years of studying and practicing, I don't feel like I know enough about anything to treat anyone. This year is going to be an incredibly steep learning curve (I feel like even that is a HUGE understatement).
Any new beginning is scary - in medicine or in anything! I've gone through so many new beginnings throughout medical school (every new rotation, hospital, attending) that I should be used to these first-day jitters by now. But I do feel like I'm as prepared as I probably can be (or actually, should I have re-read Step Up to Medicine? Or all of Harrison's? Oh no! What if everyone else did that?), and I'm sure I will be well-supported by my co-interns, my senior residents, the attendings, the nurses, and the program administration. All that's really left to do is just jump in!
Hopefully I'll continue writing in some capacity, and I hope you buy my book when I write it one day (just kidding? kind of?). Thank you for sharing my journey with me, and always feel free to email me with anything at firstname.lastname@example.org.