Third year of medical school is like learning to ride a bike

I could see the excitement on my six-year-old daughter’s face as we pulled into the parking lot and unloaded her new bike from the car. She had been anxiously awaiting this moment for several weeks — she was going to learn to ride a bicycle. She watched with increasing interest as I unscrewed the training wheels, tightened her handlebars and handed her the bike. She got on her new bike and with me holding onto the back of the seat and started to pedal. “Let go, Daddy,” I heard her say. She was ready to be “big,” and “big girls” don’t need help riding their bike.“Try to balance first,” I told her, “and then it’s all yours.” After practicing for a few minutes, I ...

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