Friends: our novel kinship during medical school.
It is said that friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Well, everybody must have friends don’t they? One is in great affliction if one thinks that one can live by his own. Most of us medical students are studying abroad or quite far from our family. Some of us even went as far as crossing continents and studying in Europe or the Middle East. One cannot help to stop and pause to argue that the next closest to us after our family would be our friends. Friends or some call it as pal, buddy, comrade and mate are literally defined as those who are close to us, share the same likings as us and willing to accept us for who we are.
The purpose of this article is to argue and emphasize the idea of friends as a great social system or even as a support system. Friendship during medical school could last longer than just the day of our convocation or the day we part from each other.
Friendship conceives itself the day that we first say hi and gave the unconditional smile to each other. The day we first put in our hearts that we are going to sail through this medical boon and bane together. I wish to put forward a few points on how friendship affects your life in medical school and how it is going to affect the kind of doctor you are going to be, God willing one day.
1. Friendship helps us to be more open to sharing and caring towards each other. Friendship helps to make people become more altruistic towards each other and we really need this during medical school and later in our life as doctors, (e.g. sharing notes, common examination questions and learning aids.)
2. Friendship helps us diversify our knowledge. Knowledge is a critical component of creating an excellent doctor. Every medical student knows that they cannot master everything on their own, the vast topic, the small details, from the smallest histological slides to the largest cadaver specimen; one knows that one needs a friend to hold their hand and walk together in this journey.
3. Friendship keeps us motivated. Medical school can be really stressful and arduous at times. Some of us might even become a cry-baby once they enter medical school. The environment can be really intense especially...