WHEN I THINK BACK
My first years of MBBS when I think back
Everything was so new, different and unexpected. I could not believe I lived in India, a village and now in such a big city. I had 24 hours electricity 24, hot water and everything was so clean. I still loved my India; don’t get me wrong, but without the dust and litter it was like another world.
The lectures were overwhelming in the beginning, tons of new information to learn and I had problems with my English skills. My English was okay to communicate with people, but not good enough to understand the complex Anatomy lectures. I took me weeks to feel an improvement.
I already had many subjects during my +2! I was very happy to show off my knowledge and help my group mates who needed help in chemistry, physics and biology.
Usually I met my seniors in the hostel and asked them how to behave with certain teachers and how to prepare for the following classes to get excellent marks. I wanted to be an “A” student.
During my practical classes I understood that I should not think what I read in my book, but I should think with my own brain and look at the patient! I noticed that many students just focused to learn everything by heart-including me. I used to hide behind my classmates because I didn’t want to do the patients ´examination. I had to change.
The truth is that, we can never be excellent in medicine- it´s just wrong to go behind marks!
Doctors and medical students, we only know very little about the human body! Don´t even think for a second that you know everything.
We have to learn new things every day; we cannot close our eyes once we get a good pay check!