Even after your formal training is complete, this family physician says it's still normal to ask yourself, "When will I feel like a real doctor?"
By Randi Sokol, M.D., M.P.H.
In medical school I used to ask myself, “When will I feel like a real doctor?” During intern year, I asked the same question. Now as a new faculty member who has completed medical school, a family medicine residency and a teaching fellowship, I still find myself asking that same question.
As primary care doctors, we are trained to churn out differential diagnoses. We must avoid premature closure or incorrectly assuming one diagnosis or management strategy without considering other less obvious possibilities. Much like House
in his intellectual detective-like pursuit, we are taught to order every test, no matter how obscure, until we can solve the case.