For the some 80,000 medical students in this country, medical school is a series of trials that few understand. They face difficult classes, relentless testing, and evaluation as they rotate in clinical specialties. While graduation rates are high, there is lurking anxiety among students that they will falter in their journey.
I have had the honor to interview medical students and residents about their experiences. What strikes me is the generosity of spirit that these busy students and doctors have. They offer positive views that counter the anxiety of imminent failure that plague many students.
My personal favorite piece was a profile of Fitz Gerald Diala who was pursuing a MD/PhD at UCLA. He had a long road from immigrating to the U.S., being mentored by a science teacher at his public high school in Riverside, CA to being accepted at a prestigious medical school. Diala spends his free time (amazed he has any) helping mentor underrepresented students interested in medicine.
Link to full article, MS2 Student Offers Advice to Premedical Students
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