My question- why must those who utilize conventional medicine and physicians expect perfection? I am beginning my first year of medical school next week, and my chief concern is that I will be expected to perform without fault for the next 45 years. There really aren't any other professions with such high expectations from the public. This is evidenced by the high frequency of litigation involving malpractice. If I screw up at work, I jeopardize my practice, while if my brother, the CPA screws up, he is chastised for a day and is not promoted for a month or longer. I really hope that the people that I serve and help in the future look at me as another human, doing his best at what he has studied and trained for many years to do. Should I make a mistake on a judgement call, I hope that those whom I've dedicated my life to serving do not immediately turn on me like viscious money-grubbers. I'm apprehensive for the future- high malpractice insurance rates may push me away from practicing in many specialties that I find intriguing. However, I am very excited and realize that I am quite fortunate to even have the opportunity to study and practice medicine in the future. No other profession, maybe excluding the clergy, allows us to have such a profound effect on others lives daily. I only hope that in the future, the courts see fit to closely regulate frivolous lawsuits, as there are too many people out there waiting for their doctor to screw up so that they can nail the insurance company, and raise the rates for all physicians.