Call it the Fauci Effect, or just a corollary of some schools waiving MCAT scores last cycle, but interest in becoming a doctor has never been higher. The University of Washington School of Medicine received a 26 percent bump in applications for the entering class of 2021 compared to the previous year, and other medical schools across the country experienced similar surges as Covid-19 cases climbed. Makes sense, right? We feted all those doctors donning PPE. But peeling back the emotional layers of those white coats reveals that glory only comes after a fraught road to a hospital’s halls. Can’t say we didn’t warn you.