So I passed the ATLS course, but with the little "congrats" sheet they gave me as I walked out, there is a fine print note at the bottom, which reads:
As a medical student, you are ineligible to receive a card for successful completion of this course until you graduate from medical school. You have successfully completed the course and will be eligible to receive a card after graduation.
So maybe I can put in chest tubes, intubate, splint pelvic fractures and insert intraosseus catheters, but I can't prove it yet. Not for another 332 days. Somehow, this doesn't really put a damper on my mood.
In other news, I consider it a sad, bitter irony that the female surgeon who married another surgeon, and who assured my class in a lecture a year ago that it was entirely possible for two surgeons to marry and have a normal family with several kids, got divorced and remarried within 4 months. I don't think the guy is a doctor. I have no idea about her kids. The really odd thing about her talk back then was that she said, and I quote "the key is having a really good nanny who can move around with you." I think I'd rather not have children than have them raised by a nanny.