In our first year, we had a professor who always used to say this:
It drove us nuts. She had a tendency to be pretty rude to students, but she was scary too, so we never openly challenged her. But I think this quote of hers largely contributed to many of us not grasping her subject (although most students argue that it wasn’t such an important class, I still wish I understood more of it).
Thing is, the running joke in our class now (four years later) is that the further we get with our studies, the truer the statement becomes.
Last week’s Clinical Skills OSCE was such an example. You practise in the lab for hours, and then again on computer systems after the lab has closed, and then you walk into the OSCE and things come flying at you from nowhere.
Or you get pimped in a ward round on a subject you think you understand, and suddenly there are three extra textbooks’ worth of information on this single topic.
We used to swear that the long-ago professor made no sense. But maybe she did.