Monday, 16 June 2008

No Longer a Student But Not Quite a Doctor?

For this post I was going to write a wonderful parody of Britney Spears' - Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman but unfortunately I couldn't make what I wanted to write fit properly so you'll just have to make do.

I've just about calmed down after Friday. What a day, easily one of the best days of my life and also my proudest achievement. Waiting for the results I was more nervous than I've been for anything ever. When they finally appeared everyone rushed towards the board, as each person saw their name up on the board their face's turned from a look of terror into a look of amazement, 5 long, hard years culminating in a list of names. When I saw my name I couldn't quite believe it, I ended up checking 4 or 5 times just to make sure it was really there.

The following have satisfied the examiners:
The Little Medic

It really was there, and it has just about sunk in although I still half expect someone to knock on my door telling me it isn't really true and it has all been a terrible mistake.

What follows the publication of results, apart from overwhelming feelings of joy, relief and happiness is a state of limbo where one is stuck between being a student and being a doctor. Theoretically we're all doctors but I assume you must wait for graduation, or even pre-registration with the GMC before you're officially a doctor. Not that I'll let that stop me using every opportunity to use some form of doctor reference. Lunch on Friday - just what the doctor ordered (I don't think I'll ever get bored of that).

I've nothing more to do apart from sit here and wait for graduation, something which although I should be, I'm not all that bothered about. In the mean time I have a new blog to edit, feel free to offer any comments, suggestions or ideas.

Worryingly, the reality of the situation is that come August, I will be a doctor and I'll have real people to care for. At the moment, that thought terrifies me.


Ms Medic said...

Well congratulations! My results come out Wednesday, I am pretty scared. Enjoy the limbo, stress has finished and responsibility is yet to start!

Mr Mobius said...

At least you've made it. Enjoy knowing you've nothing to do until September except relax and dream of that first month's pay cheque.

Amy (DrPickles) said...


You had names up on the board? I had to find a number!!! It was on the last page i looked and by then i thought i was going to pass out!

Well done...i too don't know quite what to do with myself!


Calavera said...

Congratulations! What a cruel way to tell us, though... my hands were shaking as I scrolled down, only to find I had to click something! Cheeky!


anna gregory said...

I am a third year and still can't imaging how good this must feel for you. All the student crap behind you!

I am really looking forward to your future posts


ditzydoctor said...

ah life in limbo! do what my seniors do - go on a well-deserved vacation? :D

The Little Medic said...

With regards to them having names up rather than anonymous numbers. I was surprised they used names too. I think everyone was and I don't think people were too pleased - although the ones that passed probably didn't care once they'd found out. All our other results have always been by anonymous number.

Junior DocSpot said...


At last. The slog now worth it.

May it be everything you'd hoped it would be.

Hugs, JD x

S said...

"So I am a doctor, now what?"

Now congradulations and the very best of luck Dr "the little medic!"


You've made it doc ...

DundeeMedStudent said...

Congrats there mister
As to the what now- not a lot- GTA IV and metal gear solid look like a good plan to me.

Anonymous said...

Big congrats Doc!

Woah, actually starting to work in August - I'd be nervous. Hope you're making the most of your time off.

Flossy said...

Well done! It was worth it, those scary patients will be people like me, who prefer younger, newer doctors/dentists/midwives/nurses, who enjoy the job and haven't 'seen it all before' and don't 'remember when you were born' etc!

Dr Andrew Brown said...

Congratulations, and welcome to the profession.
You ain't seen nothing yet!

Hospital Wallpaper said...

Congratulations!! (and Good Luck)

Premedical University said...

Congrats and good luck to you carrer in the future.