As you make the conversion from medical school classroom knowledge to clinical knowledge, there will be adjustments. After completing the first two years of medical school, AKA The Basic Science Years, and conquering what many consider to be the most important exam a medical student will ever take – the USMLE Step 1 exam, there is still more to learn. Medical school and the USMLE Step 1 exam play a role in helping you prepare for the wards, but the clinical side of medicine will present itself with new tests and evaluations.
Clinical makes you feel feelings
There is no doubt that you will feel a range of emotions as you transition from the medical school classroom to the clinical classroom. You will be eager, yet apprehensive. You will feel like your brain has tons of information crammed in it, yet you still know so little. You will initially doubt yourself, and most clinical decisions you make, once you realize that your patient’s (Yes, your patient!) signs and symptoms are not as black and white as the cases are in the textbooks you memorized.… view full post »