Learning to Care for Others and Self: The Experience of Medical Education Katherine I. Miller
In late August 1984, Chris Stanley packed up and headed for medical school. Chris had been planning on medical school for many years, spurred by a desire to help people and a love for science. But it's a long road from the idealistic entry to medical school and life as a practicing physician. This road includes the long hours and memorization rituals of the first year of medical school, when anatomy lab often leads students to their first realization that concern must be tempered with detachment and scientific objectivity if they are to emotionally survive. Year 2 brings more intense classroom work, and usually a first taste of the clinical side of medicine. Years 3 and 4 typically immerse the students in clinical rotations, when students finally have the chance to be in hospitals and other healing environments dealing with patients.