OpalOnyx

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I don't know if anybody else has felt this way but the idea of being a "doctor" someday is something I find to be quite intimidating.

I feel like I don't know crap. When I'm in clinic volunteering, I do second guess everything I'm doing. I also feel like I'm slow/inefficient. Which is like hating on myself too much but it's frustrating. I see so many young confident efficient physicians. I wonder how they started out and it's tough to imagine them having these same doubts. Sometimes I feel like a wreck about it so I just focus on what I need to study for exams. haha
 

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the way i approach this is to reassure myself that almost everyone who gets to that point seems to be able to function fairly well, so odds are I probably will too

i take further reassurance in the knowledge that if my life plan doesnt work out, I can just kill myself
 

OpalOnyx

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the way i approach this is to reassure myself that almost everyone who gets to that point seems to be able to function fairly well, so odds are I probably will too

i take further reassurance in the knowledge that if my life plan doesnt work out, I can just kill myself
hahahahaha Thanks, I think I needed that. I take myself too seriously sometimes!
 
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I don't know if anybody else has felt this way but the idea of being a "doctor" someday is something I find to be quite intimidating.

I feel like I don't know crap. When I'm in clinic volunteering, I do second guess everything I'm doing. I also feel like I'm slow/inefficient. Which is like hating on myself too much but it's frustrating. I see so many young confident efficient physicians. I wonder how they started out and it's tough to imagine them having these same doubts. Sometimes I feel like a wreck about it so I just focus on what I need to study for exams. haha
You are walking a path that every doctor before you has come down. By time you hit Step 1 you will feel like you put in the most amount of effort to be the very lowest, least-knowledgeable peg on the totem pole. And one year later when you start preparing for Step 2, you will look back in awe of how much you have learned and accomplished.

You are being trained for greatness. It is not unreasonable to be intimidated. Have faith.
 

Way2Swanky

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The system works. You are very early in your education. Stop worrying so much.

I don't know if anybody else has felt this way but the idea of being a "doctor" someday is something I find to be quite intimidating.

I feel like I don't know crap. When I'm in clinic volunteering, I do second guess everything I'm doing. I also feel like I'm slow/inefficient. Which is like hating on myself too much but it's frustrating. I see so many young confident efficient physicians. I wonder how they started out and it's tough to imagine them having these same doubts. Sometimes I feel like a wreck about it so I just focus on what I need to study for exams. haha
 

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Ditto on what everyone else has said. But also, use that feeling to motivate you to study harder/better/more often.
 

Rollo

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hahaha that's kind of morbid. I'm trying to do a little more than pass!

However I agree, not failing would be really nice.
My point was take baby steps and focus one thing at a time. Starting as a 2nd year, you really shouldn't be worrying about being an efficient physician who is practicing without any supervision.

Just like me, starting as a 3rd year I really shouldn't worry about being an efficient intern but rather worry about being an efficient 3rd year.
 
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My point was take baby steps and focus one thing at a time. Starting as a 2nd year, you really shouldn't be worrying about being an efficient physician who is practicing without any supervision.

Just like me, starting as a 3rd year I really shouldn't worry about being an efficient intern but rather worry about being an efficient 3rd year.
:thumbup::thumbup:

concentrate on the next step ahead of you and make sure you ace it. If you do that for every milestone on your way, you will become a highly efficient physician before you know it.
 

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It took me getting to 3rd year and finding out just how little the general public knows about their bodies and their health to finally feel like I'm learning something. Simply explaining exactly what the kidneys do and why we need to collect blood everyday is enough to make many of your patients stare at you in awe.
 
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