The other day, I went straight to the grocery store after lab because I required nourishment (I needed food). I was in the protein bar aisle when a woman tapped my shoulder and said, “Excuse me, I was wondering if I could get your opinion on something?”. Surprised, I told her I’ll try to help. She pointed to a bunch of children’s gummy vitamins and asked me which one I would recommend. I was kind of confused. Why does it matter what I think? And why did she ask me? I’m just a person in– ohhhhh I’m wearing my scrubs still.
I told the woman that I was only a first year medical school student and not fit to give advice, even if it was on vitamin gummies. She apologized to me for assuming I was a physician and eventually picked a random bottle and put it in her basket. When I got back into my car, I kind of sat there for a while thinking about how easily that woman trusted me just because she thought I was a doctor. Moreover, she trusted me with the health of her children. Isn’t that kind of crazy to think about? I’m only in my early 20’s, started medical school three months ago, and now I feel like I have a lot more responsibility.