Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Med Students...Grrrrr

So, if any of you went to an undergrad where there were no pre-meds (like I did) consider yourselves the luckiest people on earth. Why? Because pre-meds grow up to become med students. I was so spoiled in graduate school. In graduate school, although it can still be quite competitive, the nature of the unsolved puzzle tends to bring people together to discuss and move toward a common goal. People might have different views on what the answer might be, but even in the face of the differences, there is a common goal. I don't even think the common goal exists in medical school. The commonality here is that each student wants what's best for themselves.

This is probably an over-generalization. I've met a lot of great people in my class. But I just can't get over how horribly some of our groups go. It's the most ego-smashing experience. So many people want to be right so badly that they can't let anyone else have an idea. We spent a good 10 minutes arguing over a definition that was completely irrelevant to the task at hand. I particularly get annoyed when the students start correcting our facilitators, or even outright arguing. It's a small wonder that people tend to not like doctors in general. Doctors come from med students...how great could they be!?

I guess it's no different from any other profession really. I think I'm just getting jaded. I used to be a much more competitive person when it comes to these things. There's just something about looking at other people running around like chickens with their heads cut off that makes me want to relax and enjoy myself more often. And I highly doubt that spending time with people like this is helping me relax in any way. Makes me feel lucky to have J and R at home to keep me focused, but sane at the same time. Really lucky.