The practice of medicine is an art and a science. Filled with drama, hope, sadness and excitement, its vocational breadth encompasses everything from the adrenaline rush of an incoming trauma alert to the excruciating bureaucracy of proper ICD-10 coding. Reaching that summit, the privilege of acting as an autonomous licensed physician—that’s mostly a circus. Thus, inspired by this blog’s “Layman’s Guide to Medical School” and the Buzzfeed listicle, GIF-imbued publications that dominate social media, here’s my take on the four-year “Cirque du Stéthoscope” that is medical education. (P.S. It’ll be a lot more fun if you click on the links.)
M1: The Contortionist
M2: The Human Cannonball
M3: The Tightrope Walker
M4: The Lion Tamer
So that’s medical school summed up. Think the circus comes with different acts? Comment below!
*To any French speakers reading: pardon my ill-advised attempts at foreign language puns.
I grew up in the small Pee Dee town of Marion, South Carolina, before heading up to Durham, North Carolina, for an undergraduate education (and a few basketball games) at Duke University. After a year working in community health at Duke, I was primed to begin the study of medicine. USC School of Medicine Greenville’s attention to communities and commitment to teamwork brought me back to South Carolina (the amazing facilities didn’t hurt either). I’m interested in primary care and thinking about how physicians’ moral frameworks affect their practice of medicine. Most of all, I’m excited to be part of this new school and look forward to reflecting together with my classmates as we make our way through these formative years.
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