"It's definitely harder at the beginning, I think. We believe so much in everyone working together, relying on staff, nurses, different specialties all communicating. A lot of time something happens, and you feel like the patient shouldn't have died. It's not only that someone died, but your system didn't work. When that happens, it's like you failed.
"One case I was on was in trauma surgery. The woman was stabbed pretty badly. We thought we could revive her and worked for hours. We cracked her chest to open her up for surgery. We tried to stop the bleeding and used 50 pints of blood on her. In the end, she didn't make it.
"They left me with her and some needle and thread and I sewed her back up. That was really hard. After that was done, it was 4am, and it was time to see my patients at 5am. I was up for 35 hours that day. You never forget it. You realize you have to move on. But it never leaves you."
-- Denise Capps, MS, fourth-year medical student class of 2016