On Being Non-Religious

Jamie M., M1

In medical school, you will encounter people who have a wide variety of religious beliefs — and many who are not religious at all. No matter what your background or beliefs (or lack thereof), you can have as much or as little contact with religion as you desire. If you want, you can have interesting conversations with your religious classmates and learn about their upbringing, cultures, and beliefs. Alternatively, you can avoid the subject entirely, and no one will think anything of it. Whatever you choose to do, though, respect is crucial in talking with both your classmates and with your future patients.