It’s pretty difficult to believe, but in a couple weeks I will have survived my first year of medical school. It has certainly been a tumultuous ride. As I look back on it I can’t help but be impressed with the volume of knowledge I have managed to consume in less than 12 months. Don’t get me wrong, there is a veritable mountain of information that I haven’t quite found a place in my brain for yet. Most days I feel like an idiot who is barely managing to hang on to the fragments of information that fly past me. I have to actively remind myself that I’m a whole lot more knowledgeable than I was when I started.
It’s really easy to lose sight of that last point. There is so much to learn that it really seems impossible to even process it all. This has been a year of learning to accept that I cannot learn it all. My shortcomings have seemed ever more present than my successes. School has been pretty much non-stop and I have felt sort of behind since about the first day. But the reality is that I have learned more than I ever … view full post »