Remembering what a patient interaction feels like is sometimes really hard during the first two years of medical school. The knowledge seems endless and useless at times. How will I ever remember all of these diabetes drugs? Why the heck do I care about fluoroquinolones?! Though @mayoclinicsom has a great selectives program, it's still easy to feel very far from patient care.
The best part about third year so far is connections. This is why I wanted to be a doctor in the first place -- to be a patient advocate; to listen to patients and hear their stories; to be able to convey their information to like-minded physicians. I joke in clinic whenever my patients tell my preceptor that I'm going to make a good doctor. "Man I'm running out of $20 bills to hand out!" But the look of enthusiasm on their face when they understand their condition. When they finally are armed with the knowledge of WHY they got that ERCP --"where even is my gallbladder??" THIS is why I went into medicine. How can we perform surgery on a patient when they are the last to understand their condition and what's happening to them?! I can't begin to understand how some physicians and health care providers function in their practices but I CAN understand what my role can and should be for patients. I CAN understand how I should treat patients and how I can meet them where they are. And I absolutely CAN see the light at the end of the tunnel. These relationships are real. And this vocation is mine. 👩🏼⚕️