5 Lessons I Learned from Showing up to my Anatomy Final Bloody.

Looking back maybe it wasn’t the smartest decision. Would I do it again if given the chance? Yes. Would I do anything differently? Not at all. I wouldn’t change a thing. I had been studying for 10 days straight. I was about to finish my first semester of medical school and the only thing standing in my way was my anatomy final. I had spent all semester prepping for this moment. I had spent countless hours redrawing pathways from Netter’s. I had spent more late nights in the cadaver lab than I could remember. I had 5 pairs of scrubs that reeked of formaldehyde and I had sacrificed my sleep, my health, and my well-being to prove that I was worthy of being a medical student.

Day 57: 400 Day Challenge Thoughts – “Dr.” or doctor

And while there is a small, yet subtle, difference in wording - the framework and context of how we  set up our goals and aspirations shapes how we work day in and day out. At the end of the day, I don't want to just be a Dr. I don't just want the title of being a doctor. I want to embody what it means to be a physician. I want to be a doctor to my friends, my patients, my family, to the community around me, and everyone I come in contact with. Yes, I still have a long way to go to be a board certified physician, but I can work day-in and day-out to serve as an example of what it means to truly be a physician.  A doctor isn't what I do, A doctor is who I am.