1. You will become thick-skinned almost instantly.
2. Writing in a patient's notes without leaning on anything (specifically the patient's bed) is harder than you think.
3. Your "set working hours"' are a myth.
4. Patients' families can be scarier than the patients themselves.
5. You spend half your time trying to figure out how to do stuff the senior doctors have asked you to do.
6. And you can sometimes feel like you are out of your depth.
7. You will make mistakes and it'll make you feel really guilty.
8. Requesting radiological scans is nerve-wracking. It feels a bit like practicing your meal order while queuing at McDonald's.
9. You can sometimes feel like you're just an administrator with a stethoscope around your neck.
10. And like you are at the bottom of the hierarchy.
11. You are always the one who has to hold the camera in theatres.
12. Your lectures don't end with medical school.
13. And you still have to deal with your gunners and snakes.
14. Whistleblowing is a real thing.
15. It's worth keeping the nurses on your side because you're bound to work pretty closely together.
16. There's nothing harder than driving back home after a night shift.
17. You can never be mentally prepared for a cardiac arrest call.
18. You will be asked medical advice from all your friends and family.
19. But at least you can talk about some seriously gross things without batting an eyelid.
Note: This post is based on one person's experience of working as a doctor.