Very few are as starkly aware of the transience of life as those working in the healthcare profession. We are expected to be, for want of a better word, immune to it; as if each death we face is somehow a vaccine that will eventually, with regular booster doses, provide us with enough immunity to be resistant to the Grim Reaper. We spend years studying, arming ourselves with pages and pages ...

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In most other professions, once you’re halfway through your education, you begin to develop confidence; slowly, but surely, fitting into shoes that once seemed too big for your petite, newbie feet. Not so in medicine. Three years into it, and I still feel unsure - unsure of the answer to a rather simple question asked by an attending and unsure of whether I’m fit to be doing this in the first ...

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