As a junior year medical student, I have realized that it’s not enough to learn everything by simply reading gigantic books or attending long lectures, rather, it is important to enhance yourself with the necessary skills by attending trainings and applying your knowledge into practice. A few months ago, I participated in a first aid training organized by my university, and just last month before my 6th semester, I was trained and certified in the first aid level 1 (including AED) course.
The break before the next semester at medical school is generally regarded as the last time of true freedom for med students. We are supposed to live it up and enjoy every second of this liberated time before we become sleep-deprived and buried in books. Although this break brings relaxation, excitement and enjoyment, a number of anxieties also accompany this transition time.
I am the typical paranoid student in med school, always worried about grades and studying. It’s like you’re in the middle of the fire and it’s hard to step out of it.
Considering how easy it is to get certified in first aid, there’s really no reason not to do this. First aid training comes in handy for a variety of different situations in life. When you know what to do in emergency situations, you can become a valuable asset wherever you go. Becoming a doctor is harder than you could possibly imagine. You will struggle, sacrifice and cry; and sometimes you will be faced with worse of human condition.
Occasionally, med school has shown me dramatic, blood pumping and cinema-worthy moments. When you think you can’t handle one second more, you will see something that will perfectly restore your faith in humanity and the belief that people really are innately good. I can’t wait to start my clinical rotations and get that beautiful feeling of helping someone, knowing that you are the only thing between the patient’s health and his grave.
Apart from medical students or physicians, I feel real life needs first aiders! The next time you’re at a restaurant and a fellow begins choking, or you’re walking on the streets and see someone collapse in front of you, for instance, you’ll just know what to do.
Most importantly, I want to be a resource for my community. I want to be somebody’s hero someday, and learn how to be cool, calm, collected and a lifesaver in an emergency. The ‘Good Samaritan’ in us prompts us to receive first aid training so that we can be of assistance to others in need!
Although there’s a lot of burn out, a lot of stress and a lot of wondering, “where did my life go?” Despite all that, the feeling of being in med school and getting into the field of medicine is truly a blessing.
I want to be an effective person, who can engage with patients. Considering the fact that my area of interest is Emergency Medicine, there’s always this fear, “what if I work this hard and I don’t get to be who I want to be?”
It’s amazing that you learn new stuff about the body everyday and you’re like “wow, that’s awesome, the way that works” and sometimes you’re like, “I can’t even believe I’m alive right now.”
“You consider yourself a small body, yet encapsulated within you is an entire universe.” – Ali Ibn Abi Talib
I used to be very innocent last year. I used to look at the third year students studying so hard, day in and day out and be like, “hey, I don’t have to do that” and boom, I’m already in third year!