Starting out as a junior doctor is like hopping onto a rollercoaster—you graduate medical school and cannot wait to get on the ride.
There is the excitement at being allowed on the ‘big-kid’ rides, there is anticipation, and a lot of cotton candy—or cotton gauze in this case.
But then starts your first day of internship.
As you begin that steep climb, the nerves kick in and you catapult into the real world of medicine.
But through the loops of undifferentiated patients and the stomach-dropping moments of being on ward call, you know you are safe—you have your senior colleagues looking out for you, catching your mistakes and letting you learn.
Like any good rollercoaster, there have been times I felt like throwing up; there have been tears (both my patient’s and my own) and someone always wets themselves—at least on paediatrics.
There has also been lots of laughter, sighs of relief and screams of exhilaration as we have learnt what it means to be a doctor. I would not have changed a second of my experience.
I am sharing this advice with you during my Post Graduate Year 2 (PGY2) and I decided to stay on the rollercoaster for another go—only this time, they forgot to put the safety bar down.