On May 7th, our community celebrated with 4th year medical students as they walked across the stage, donned hoods, and officially became doctors. However, the process of becoming a doctor began long before that moment. In the brand new, first edition of "Becoming a Doctor at the University of Minnesota Medical School: An Anthology of Medical Student Stories" we catch glimpses of that journey. The anthology, published in April of 2021, is available online . The stories are all authored by U of M medical students, and the project was supported by a student editorial board and editorial advisors from the Department of Pediatrics faculty.
As Drs. A. Olson and Scheurer preface, the stories "are honest, optimistic, realistic, woeful, wondering, believing, doubting, persevering, joyful, and grieving. Said simply, they are real. They are complex and beautiful-- and deeply important. Just like the practice of medicine." We will be sharing some of our favorite stories from this anthology throughout the month of May.