16 THINGS YOU’LL ONLY UNDERSTAND IF YOU’RE A MEDICAL STUDENT

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1) Getting hungry during Anatomy sessions.

Casually discussing lunch options over an open cadaver or comparing a human lung to a melon is a common part of anatomy dissection.

2) Practicing OSCE’s on each other over and over and over and over

‘Hi, My name is _____ and I’m a Third Year Medical student. I’ve just been asked by the Doctor today to have a look at your heart, would that be okay with you?…’ Sound familiar?

3) Watching all your friends graduate, getting jobs and getting married and you’re still in med school like…

4) Never-ending ward rounds ‘shadowing’ doctors and you’re just like…

Shadowing = doing absolute jack shit and floating around after doctors whilst they act like you’re not there. It should be called ‘Ghosting’.

5) Night shifts/ On-Calls

It should be illegal to have to stay at a hospital for that long and not get paid for it

6) Medical Student Syndrome

Being convinced that you have every disease you learnt that week and driving your GP insane. ‘I have a headache…and I’m always tired…I MUST HAVE KAWASAKI’S DISEASE.’

7) Gunners

They suck up to Consultants and volunteer to stay in the hospital for longer when you want to go home, making you look like a flake. And they should stay in the hospital for longer…more like forever…in the mental health unit.

8) Having to learn a whole new language worth of medical words

9) Hepaticocholangiocholecystenterostomies

10) Taking all those entrance exams and interviews and wondering if it was all worth it

11) Realising that Scrubs is all based on LIES.

12) Using House and Greys Anatomy to revise

13) Having to keep composed in Digital Rectal Examinations

14) Ending up talking about medicine to your medic friends and your one non-medic friend is like…

15) Still not having an answer for the dreaded question: “So why do you want to do Medicine?”

16) You spend so long trying to get into medicine that once you got in you were like…

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