Dr. B Gets an F by Greg Shumer

Dr. B Gets an F by Greg Shumer

Postby drlynch on Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:39 pm

Dr. B Gets an F by Greg Shumer
I’m a first-year medical student--a fledgling, a novice--trying to integrate countless facts into a cohesive understanding of how the human body works. Professors slam me with information, challenging me to learn months worth of material in two weeks’ time. We are told that this is a necessary process that all doctors must go through: Before we can master the art of healing, we must first thoroughly understand the science of medicine. My life revolves around tests, labs, deadlines, long hours in the library and very close relationships with the baristas at Starbucks.

In the midst of this chaos, I developed a crippling ankle condition that transformed me into a concerned patient for the first time in my life. The pain started as a dull ache that I experienced only during exercise. Then it gradually worsened, to the point where I could barely walk to school the day after playing a basketball game. A golf-ball-sized bulge stuck out from my right ankle, and my two months of medical education suggested no remedies. It was at this point--concerned, looking for answers and desperate to get back to normal--that I decided to see someone.....................................


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