My transition from the preclinical to clinical years was a bit tumultuous, especially since I started on my General Surgery rotation. All at once, we’re thrown into a completely new environment (the hospital, which is nothing like the bubble of being in a lecture hall 35 hours a week), with a new grading scheme (in addition to a shelf exam, we also had to worry about the subjective clinical evaluations and an OSCE) and an extremely demanding schedule (I thought 30-35 hours/week in the classroom plus having to study was tough – now I was doing 60-80 hours/week in the hospital plus having to study). While all of the aforementioned changes made for a difficult first couple of weeks, what stuck out in my mind the most was actually trying to balance my extracurricular commitments with doing well on clerkships.
Like many other medical students, I grow restless when I do not have other commitments outside of the classroom. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have been very involved in the American Medical Women’s Association and my blogs… view full post »