I am early into my third year med-school clinical rotations now, and I am embarrassed to say that I am still so much more than overwhelmed. There is so much to know, and it is not all just “medicine.” That’s hard enough, but no one really prepared us for the rest of “real life” getting things done on the wards: I am always getting lost in the hospital. There are always new forms for everything you order. I am supposed to text-page certain people and numeric-page others. Some forms you have to hand-carry to radiology or the lab, others you have to get in by 11 a.m. or else forget about it. Some consults that I call can be very rude and intimidating and make me feel terrible for my ignorance.
There's all this talk about how the biomedical workforce is shifting, and there are not enough academic jobs to accommodate all the Ph.D. students currently being trained. PIs, however, are not traditionally supportive of students who want "alternative careers," partly because they don't know how to support our career development in these directions, and they don't want these pursuits to take time away from lab. I don't even want to do research after I graduate, but I'm afraid to tell my thesis committee. On the one hand, I want to tell them because I don't want to waste my time in pursuit of high-profile publications that I don't need. But what if this changes how they view me, and they don't want to waste their time guiding a student who doesn't want to do research?
Matthew Cook

Hope springs eternal. Even for postdocs.

Keith Yamamoto and Gregory Petsko”

The much-publicized “Thinking Creatively about Postdocs: A roundtable discussion with Keith Yamamoto and Gregory Petsko” featured two well-respected scientists who have devoted time, energy and attention to addressing institutional problems affect

I shouldn't admit this, but I started medical school mainly because I wasn't sure what else to do. What I really wanted was to be a writer, but I knew it was hard and impractical, and I figured I could just do it on the side while making a living as a physician. I've been doing a bit of freelance and having some success. It's getting harder and harder to convince myself to stick with medicine in light of that. What do you think? Should I stay or should I go?

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