Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Speed isn't all its cracked up to be

"Medicine is the only profession where you're worrying about next year's exams without knowing the results of the past one!", this was a facebook update by a younger friend of mine in college. Sadly, its true.

It got me thinking about how there's this insatiable need for urgency in a med student's life. There's the need to be the first to apply to & finish off research, the rush to first find a guide, the need to enroll in classes, the first one to lick a professor's ass, the first to submit assignments, the need to be the first to reach class for those platinum plated front benches & last but not least, those dunderheads who check the university website every 30 seconds to be the first to announce that they haven't flunked the exams. 

To an outsider, we're running about from post to pillar like we have to take a leak really bad; funny I should draw up that comparison, since "urgency" is of prime importance in our patient's history; there's also blood and pus, but that's a whole another blog post altogether.

There's just so much wrong with this system, its hard to figure out where to start. But, I'm a med student on vacation, I can afford to take things slow. So, in the meanwhile, have a look at this awesome comic

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