As the fourth year of medical school draws to a close, I can’t help but reflect on how much I’ve grown in the last four years. Medicine really changes who you are, whether you like it or not. Looking back, I’ve learned a lot and have some pearls from my mentors and my experiences.
If you’re entering your first year of medical school, or even your second year, here are some tips to help you make sense of your med school experiences:
Studying: It’s What’s For Dinner
- Remember, as a medical student, your job is being a medical student. Don’t get caught up with doing too many things… focus your energy primarily in learning medicine as well as you can.
- Time put into studying is proportional to the comfort you have with medicine. Each year of medicine is a foundation for the next… which becomes the foundation for your career.
- As much as the studying sucks, how well you do on the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2CK indicates how competitive your residency application is. So, in short, study hard! It is a marathon, not a sprint.
Life Lessons from a Fourth Year