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17 Words With A Totally Different Meaning In Medical School

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1. "Drugs"

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What it usually means: Medicine you take when you're ill.

What it means when you're a medical student: A never ending list of names and dosages that need to be learnt.

2. "Diarrhea and vomiting"

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What it usually means: Symptoms of the gastrointestinal system.

What it means when you're a medical student: The only way to get out of of Firms for three days, thanks to infection control.

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4. "Calling in sick"

What it usually means: Taking a day off work due to illness.

What it means when you're a medical student: Choosing from a list of recently learnt medical conditions to find a good excuse.

5. "Elective"

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What it usually means: A chance to experience and appreciate healthcare in other countries.

What it means when you're a medical student: The long holiday at the end of medical school.

7. "Bachelor of Science"

What is usually means: A degree that people go to university for.

What it means when you're a medical student: Studying for an extra year so you get a letter at the end of your name.

8. "Ethics"

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What it usually means: The branch of philosophy that explores what is right and wrong.

What it means when you're a medical student: That topic that no one quite gets but everyone somehow gets through.

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10. "History"

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What it usually means: The study of past events.

What it means when you're a medical student: Trying to get information out of a patient, who will go on to tell the consultant something completely different.

11. "Consultant"

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What it usually means: A medical professional of senior rank.

What it means when you're a medical student: The scariest bosses with the biggest egos that you need to suck up to and avoid.

12. "Paediatrics"

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What it normally means: The medical specialty that deals with babies and children.

What it means when you're a medical student: Playing with arts and crafts with children.

13. "Scrubs"

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What it usually means: Cleaning utensils that remove dirt.

What it means when you're a medical student: Comfy clothing that you wear to theatre or sleep in whilst on call.

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15. "Anatomy"

What it usually means: The study of the inner workings of the human being.

What it means when you're a medical student: Sessions spent standing over a cadaver, trying not to salivate.

17. "Rounds"

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What it usually means: Buying drinks for a group at the pub.

What it means when you're a medical student: Following doctors move from patient to patient. Otherwise known as the most boring hours of your life.

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