As a third year, you now have the unique opportunity to participate in hands-on patient care! I was so excited to start my third year of medical school. Instead of reading about a 2/6 holosystolic murmur you finally get to hear it yourself. It’s amazing how much more information you retain when you actually get to see, hear, feel and smell all of the things you had only experienced in class or behind the screen.
Below you’ll find a list of the four most important lessons I learned during my third year of medical school.
It’s not all about you and your education
The first and most important lesson you will learn during your third year is that patients come first. It sounds obvious but as someone who has literally been a student for his or her entire life, this transition can prove to be a challenging one. Once you become a student rotating through the hospital, you will quickly learn it’s not all about you. This is an important thing to realize because it transforms your learning experience.