Author: Alyssa Thomason
It’s your first year of med school – you’re eager, you’re excited, you’re ready to save some lives and change the world. Except you spend most of your day in class where you couldn’t feel further from that dream. You start to wonder how any of what you’re learning fits into your bigger picture. How can you be expected to figure out what is important without any context? As you complete your umpteenth flashcard this week, you yell “AM I EVER GOING TO USE ANY OF THIS?!”
In a mad grasp for relevance, you sign up for nearly every student group on campus. You thought that with a name like “SIMULATION SOCIETY” you’d end up in the matrix taking a quiz on red and blue pills. Instead, you learned about how to recognize disease, work in teams, and handle yourself in a crisis. It may just be playing doctor, but better to fumble talking over a case with your classmates rather than with a critically ill patient.