In many ways, we’re sheltered from the harsh realities of medicine during the first three years of medical school. As the final “bit” of my third year, I’ve chosen to do an SSM in Palliative Medicine. I think that when I’m finished, I’ll have fulfilled the objectives that were submitted when I chose it — which mostly revolve around an audit that I’m doing. But I think that the most important things I’m going to get out of this are much less quantifiable and are unlikely ever to appear on a list of learning outcomes.
I think that it’s going to break my heart and then put it back together. In the end.