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10 Struggles Only Med Students Will Understand

Sleep is for the weak.

1. You're always MIA.
While all your other friends are having the time of their lives during the weekends, you're stuck in the library memorizing the different kinds of pathological lesions and their etiologies. Wait, what? 

2. If you don’t know how to manage your time well, you’re screwed.
You check your calendar only to find four long exams on Tuesday followed by a case presentation on Wednesday. Which topic do I study first? Do I even have time to finish all these? Do doctors have doctors? I think I need one after this week. 

3. You're everyone's go-to person for medical advice.
You haven't even passed the boards (don't even get me started on that), and yet everyone loves to go to you for consultation. Your friends call you when they get the flu asking what meds to take. They’ll even go as far as sending a photo of their rash to get a quick fix. 


4. You’re constantly learning about words you can't even spell or pronounce.
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia. Angioosteohypertrophy syndrome. Levetiracetam. Escherichia coli. Yup, these words actually exist. 

5. You live on coffee and fast food.
The irony of this chosen field is that we give advice we can't even follow. Eating a good hearty meal in med school is not a luxury for struggling future doctors. Anything quick and easy is as good as it gets. 

6. The hassle of minor subjects requiring more than major subjects.
Most times, those one-unit subjects have more taxing requirements than the major ones. I would rather spend my time studying for my surgery module than having to make a presentation for my community health class, thank you very much. 

7. You have to be extra careful to keep that uniform white.
Because no one ever wants to be caught with a red spot on their behinds during that time of the month. 

8. Sleep? What’s that?
Sleep deprivation is too real. That saying "sleep is for the weak" has never been more true. 

9. Highlighters and colored pencils are your best friends.
You highlight important words with yellow and definitions in green. Your notes are color coded and your collection of pink, purple, and blue colored pencils would put Pantone to shame. Who knew bacteria and cells could bring so much color into our lives? 

10. It’s all about the money, money, money.
As if college was not expensive enough. Medical school will surely drain your bank accounts. It's hard not to be jealous of everyone else your age that's making money with their respective jobs. Before you can make a living as a doctor, the road is a long and tedious one.

So yes, the struggle is definitely real. And in the words of one Dr. Amelia Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy, "There's no glory in easy. No one remembers easy. They remember the blood, and the bones, and the long agonizing fight to the top. And that, that is how you become legendary."

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