Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

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When you were pre-med did you ever feel like you were getting trampled by everything in life at any given moment? I’m 200% sure I want to be a physician and 200% motivated to do it, but I just feel like I’m failing at being a pre-med sometimes. I wasn’t sure if that’s normal or if I should just reconsider my life choices.-thatpremedgirl

Hey, remember this graph I posted a few weeks ago? It totally applies to you. Sure, you’re 200% sure you want to be a doctor now, but that will change. (Notice I said will, not might). I am a doctor, and I’m not even 100% sure it’s what I want to be on some days.

Honestly, I didn’t feel run over as a pre-med. I handled my classes fairly well (except Physics and Organic) and rarely felt completely overwhelmed. Sure, there were hard weeks and tests I felt unprepared for, but overall, I felt ok. But I am a very laid-back person. In med school I definitely had days where I felt run-over. This usually hit when I needed something major fixed on my body, car, or apartment, or when something was going on with my family and I couldn’t find time to address it because of school. It only got harder as a third year student. 

And now I’m in residency. I haven’t gotten a haircut since August. No teeth cleanings since January 2012. No doctors appointment since 2011. Oil light on in my car. Brakes squeaking. Light bill due tomorrow (unpaid). Yard is a mess. Dust bunnies the size of actual bunnies on my wood floors. Haven’t called my grandma in a week. Two week old questions in my inbox. Missed going to the movies with friends last night because I had to be up at 4. My left ring finger is nekkid. I’m still years (and tons of dollars) away from the mission field, where I want to be. 

So yeah, I feel run down sometimes. By a freaking herd of elephants. But I keep going because I haven’t gotten to where I want to be yet. 

Yes, feeling trampled on is normal. 

And yes, you should rethink your life choices. 

I’m not saying you can’t handle medicine. I don’t know you or your situation. But seriously, ALL OF YOU PREMEDS, before you accept a med school spot, sit down and consider the sacrifices you will have to make. It’s not just a question of whether you can handle the academics. Find a doctor—a young one who is not far removed from residency and school—and ask them how hard it was. Ask them what they had to give up. If it’s worth it to you, go ahead. If not, change directions. 

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    A nice dip in the frigid waters of reality, a la the always grand WayfaringMD. Real talk.
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