Fake it ’til you make it

So I’m sitting in a small group session  for my physiology class and I’ve noticed that the girl next to me, notorious for blacking out at nights at the local bars on a weekday (because at the end of the day, 99.9% of med students are alcoholics) and overall queen of having resting bitch face (even gives me a run for my money) is answering questions to the questions at lightning speed. Undoubtedly I was impressed – maybe physiology was just her calling in life and she just gets it.

We came across a question on isometric vs. isotonic contraction and I just had a quick question and I leaned over to her and asked her to re explain an answer she just gave to the clinical tutor. She gives me a blank stare and looked at me as if I was speaking my own made up language. So she just showed me her computer so I can read what “she wrote” and (not) to my surprise, she had the answers to every single question that our facilitator was asking and in the exact order in which he asked them.

She’s a wizerd, Harry.

Orrrr she just has good connections.

So I continued to stare at her as she “answered” questions like a pro to our group, and let me tell you, she was pretty convincing. She made things come off as if it was her own idea and she had both my peers and my facilitator thinking she was some sort of prodigy. It was amazing and it sort of reminded me that at the end of the day, none of us in med school know what we are doing and we pretty much are just “faking it until we make it.”

Now I’m not saying I judge her for having the answers, to be honest, I don’t really care. If an opportunity came to me where I can just know exactly what was needed for exams and for small group sessions, I’d be down like Charlie Brown. But at the end of the day, I know that even though actually learning material (rather than memorizing) is 10000% more painful, I’m sure, correction…it better, pay off.

TenaciousMD

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