Confessions Of A Pakistani Medical Student

By Sajeer Shaikh | 20 Nov, 2015

Do you come from a¬†family that believes you can only make money if you’re a doctor, engineer or an accountant?¬†Do you hate math as much as you hate being woken up on a Sunday morning by the sound of the vacuum cleaner, or worse… jhaaroo on farsh? Guess, you can become a medical student then.

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Basically my family’s motto.

Personally, I can’t stand being a med student. I hate everything about it – the parhai, the hours of ratta, the teachers, my university – basically everything. It’s like I’ve died and gone to hell. Obviously, I¬†can’t drop out because I fear my ammi too much.

We asked a bunch of med students about their experiences. Most of them were brutally honest, but some of them wanted to stay anonymous. Some of them had some pretty valid points

Like this girl who is frustrated with all the muftay ke patients

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Honestly, though. We’re not machines and we’re definitely not experienced enough. The only drug we’re interested in prescribing is cyanide – mostly to ourselves.

 

And this dentist here

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They earn a bucket load of money much earlier and study a lot more too. Izzat karlia karo.

Some were super observant

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This is a major problem. 20% of our time during vivas is spent in trying to understand the question itself.

Some spoke the damn truth

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Then this medical student blames his studies for his weight gain

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Some kept it to the point

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This person has actually spoken like a true tired, stressed medical student

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Some people even chose to be a bit reflective of their experience as a medical student

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But this person has actually summed up what is going on in the hearts of every medical student

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Medicine is an unforgiving profession. The hours are long and the stakes are high. Clearly, none of these students were prepared for the unforgiving bit to start as soon as they stepped within the premises of their universities, but here they are.

If you’re ever out somewhere and you see a bunch of medical students in lab coats with bags under their eyes and regret evident on their faces, go up to them and say hi. Maybe even buy them some food. Seriously, they deserve it. Chances are, you’ll end up on their surgery table some day.

 

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Cover image via: accessnow.org

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