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Pin-Chieh Chiang -- Disclaimer: Sometimes a picture can represent my feelings better than words or, in this case, another cartoon. I actually do not drink any coffee during exams.


December 18, 2005 | Permalink


this was way too funny!!! i look like this all the time before the big exams, or exam.periods... loooolll:)))) the only difference is that i dont have less and less books during studying, but more and more each day... when i always realize the original book is not enough for the subject am studying for:)))

Posted by: Sara | Dec 19, 2005 5:37:04 AM

OMG, that is so true!!! Thanks for the laugh and it's good to see that someone else feels like I do during exams!

Posted by: Donna | Dec 19, 2005 9:44:41 AM

Really this article signifies the hectic study schedule of a medical student. We too feel the same thing during the exams
. The only difference is we drink tea,&tea&tea& really get no time to comb our hairs!!""most of us don't bath also""!!!&boooooks are on both the sides of table with some chips packets around really get no time to clean our room. My room is already known as garbage dumping pit during the exams. I'd try to post some funny pictures of my room too!! Anyway I enjoyed the skecthes.

Posted by: abhi | Dec 19, 2005 11:11:24 AM

Try comparing your photo before and after entering med school! The years of stress and caffeine abuse...

Posted by: Sharon | Dec 20, 2005 4:12:35 AM

I'm not in medschool yet but I am finihing my bachelors in biology. Not only did I related to that picture consumed by books and coffeine but I didn't know I was in such a bad shape. All we do in the library is sit down all day reading and drinking coffee to stay awake, specially during finals week, and now that the semester finished I had to work, off corse I have to be standing up all day and I have been only working for4 days in a row and I feel like if a truck had just passed by me...what a horrible feeling..and I 'm only 22 what can I expect of my health when I finish medschool?

Posted by: paola | Dec 20, 2005 10:44:12 AM

my friends used to ask to stop drinking coffee. but they just like what was draw when we have exam. tachycaardia even when they only drink light coffee

Posted by: angeela | Dec 21, 2005 8:24:07 AM

Yeeehh.. I need few kilos of concentrated coffee i/v. One more day before exam!

Posted by: Karen | Dec 21, 2005 1:11:21 PM

Right on target.;) It's fun sharing stuff like these with other medstudents. I can remember staying awake for 48 hours straight with coffee alone.. and I looked like one of the living dead.. haha! tnx for the laff..

Posted by: Barbara | Dec 21, 2005 1:12:05 PM

Great cartoon!! I am actually a chief resident in his final six months, and can really relate to this cartoon! The truth about medical training is that during medical school, so many exciting but stressful changes are occuring. By the time you finish and then do your first year or two of residency, you really start to become very grouchy! Having no lifestyle, still living like you are in med school, and everyone telling you "You're almost done," get's annoying. I have heard that for ten years! Residency changes people who enter it as much as med school does. Maybe more. It is the first time that 'M.D.-minded' people (ie I've got to be the top, the best, ...) comes to a slow. People start saying, "I've had it, this is it for me." They decide against those long fellowships or change residencies because they realize that their choice was actually a death sentence that would take 20 years to fulfill! Nearly all of my female colleagues backed out of "the big career", realizing that they couldn't balance the ideal of being a mother and "the top doctor" in the field; one friend of mine, a top student in med school, with top board scores, a great residency, became a homemaker. I don't think she wants to go back now! The debt and years lost to building your "life" up starts to become a real nuisance, especially when you see your "C-" friends buying their second vacation homes and having their fourth child! Do not misunderstand this as being a misery note. I would not give back my training for anything or the experiences I have had. It is more a recognition of the sacrifice that you have to make for great things in life. The "payoff" in medicine I realized was not money or prestige. Doctors make a good living, but few will live the Bel Air lifestyle, as they say. In order to have the nice houses and cars, you have to work much harder than ordinary people for those earnings at your level of education. Respect is also there, but not like it once was. The sad thing is that in our culture, they almost respect actors who "play a doctor on TV" more! (ever noticed how an actor from the show ER who is on a talk show receives giggles and gets applause like their are national heroes. Anthony Fauci of NIH would never get that sort of response from the general public, even though he affects life and death for hundreds of millions of lives around the world. You can't do medicine for the adulation. You will be disappointed. The greatness of medicine lies in the privilege of practicing it, and the difference you are able to make in people's lives; there are special moments when patients and families really verbalize it to you. As a career, medicine almost can't be beat. The job security is unrivalled. It is one of the few fields where the daily 'head-hunter' calls becomes a nuisance! What a luxury! For any of who have worked or had careers before medicine, you know how hard it is to make it "in the real world." Med school graduates walk into jobs (residency) giving orders to staff who have far more clinical experience than they have! Anyway, I know I am carrying on, but I have had a lot of time to think about these things, as you will. But I will leave you with beautiful words from the great 13th century Persian sage Saadi, who I feel captures the great essence of being a healer:

"Human beings are all members of one body.
They are created from the same essence.
When one member is in pain,
The others cannot rest.
If you do not care about the pain of others,
You do not deserve to be called a human being".


Posted by: Stefan | Dec 26, 2005 2:26:01 PM

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. I'm definitely looking forward to posting more cartoons in the future. Any suggestions or ideas are always welcomed!

Posted by: Pin-Chieh Chiang | Dec 28, 2005 7:19:38 AM

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