I just finished my first week of third-year clinical rotations… and oh man do I have a lot to say. Starting out with in-patient family medicine is definitely a challenge, but I am learning so much. It is a huge transition from first and second year; harder hours, so much learning, and constantly feeling like you know nothing. The first two classroom-stye learning years of medical school are so essential, but learning how to be a doctor requires so much more. I am definitely being challenged and absolutely loving it.
Stay tuned for a blog post about my first rotation! I will be doing two weeks of inpatient family medicine followed by two weeks of outpatient clinic family medicine. But for now, I wanted to speak to the incoming first year medical students a little bit!
To the new first years:
It honestly feels like I was just starting medical school. The years really do fly by! There are so many things that I wish I would’ve known before I began medical school. While I can’t tell you everything you need to know, and it will be different for everyone, I do have some advice! Check out my latest post on the Merck Manual Med Student Stories for some advice for first year medical students! Also, check out my posts on specific medical school courses and advice about the first two years here. I talk about everything from how to study pharmacology down to how to avoid burnout.
The one thing that I always say is take everything with a grain of salt. My advice, advice from your fellow medical students, heck, even advice from professors! You will quickly learn that everyone has a different style of learning and coping. Some advice will be so contradictory that people will actually be saying something completely opposite from the person you talk to right before them. Seek out advice, but be introspective and learn what you personally need to succeed. Read more on the Merck Manual Med Student Stories.