The first and last days of medical school

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 09 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1373
  1. Farrah J Mateen, final year medical student (
  1. College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

On my father's first day of medical school, so I am told, the dean of medicine, perched high on a stage, looked down on the eager group of new recruits and instructed: “Look to your left.” They did so.

“Look to your right.” They did that too.

“Someone sitting beside you will not be seen at convocation, unless, of course, that person is you.” The dean, in self fulfilling prophecy, turned out to be correct each year.

In contrast, my first day at medical school involved a barbeque, and the faculty volunteered to cook. I have never heard …

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