Just because I’m a medical student, they thought I’m amongst the best and should have the best of grades.
Unknowingly to them, the business here is just atypical. Because while they ironically strive to get As, their perceived guru, like a cyclothymic patient is really alternating between low normal and mild hypo. 🤷🏼♂ More intriguingly, he seems to find real solace in both circumstances as he has subconsciously accepted that he mustn’t pass highly always and in some cases, 48/100 is indeed a great result.
His greatest fears are the outright failed clinicals (FCs) and the so called irredeemable failure which can be astonishingly as high as 45/100 often. Still unknown to them, he may be in 600L but the last time he may have shaken hands with an A grade was way back during their SSCE days.
It may interest them to also discover that it is perfectly normal for the result of a moderately sized class to be released with no one having an A grade and the score ranging from 47-54 for instance.Equally, you may find a once upon a time secondary school guru getting kicked out at 200 level.
That’s medical school for you, where the mighty have fallen and are being humbled.🏽 A place likened to a military establishment in it’s mode of training.🏾 A place where discipline, humility and positive attitude towards learning are ranked way higher than one’s stuffs and pedigree. A place where fragile and feeble newbies are transformed to physically, emotionally and mentally matured warriors of diseases and infirmities.🏼⚕🏼⚕🏼⚕🏼⚕
Ismail Muhammad Bello is a 500 Level MBBS student and class rep, ABU Zaria.