I can’t really speak on behalf of the field — I think most of us feel that we’re far from doctors. At times I find myself so immersed in day to day learning that I forget that the title we’re all working towards achieving is ‘Dr’. I’ve recently been going through a difficult period with an illness in my family; but it’s helped me put studies into perspective. While we’re all incredibly passionate and driven, it’s important to realise that unless you actively pick your battles and make sacrifices with regards to study, you will be overwhelmed. We all need our little escapes, especially during tough personal times. For me, that’s prayer, meditation, exercise…but no two of us feel relief through the same outlets. So it’s important to know what yours is, and that if your medical school is anything like mine, there are plenty of people who will love and support you through the dark times.