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Time Flies

Today as I was walking through campus I noticed a banner hanging on a wall announcing that it was Parent Day for the School of Medicine. This is a day that the Freshman medical students get to bring their parents to class and basically show off. I wrote about my Family Day experience here.

As I walked by I felt like I just had my Family Day. I almost wish that I could go back in time and be a first year again. At least I know (now) that I could do it. I’m struggling right now. Going through one of the lows of medical school. And I can’t help but think about doing something else.

There are times when I wonder whether or not it’s all worth it. I hear it all the time. But most of the time it’s from people who have no idea (i.e. they’ve never attended medical school nor do they have any desire to do so).

I wrote a post about it for The Differential. It’s a post about the taboo we seem to have — admitting doubts about ourselves. (Here’s the link.) It’s on the new Differential platform so you will need a Medscape account if you don’t have one already. If you don’t care to sign up for it, I’ll probably repost it here in about six months (minimum time before I can post it elsewhere).

This morning I also heard a classmate say, “If this doesn’t work out, at least I can go to law school.”

I have no idea what context that was in. But I couldn’t help but wonder about law school myself…

Ok, well I realize this is a somewhat scattered post — even for me. But oh well. My brain is scattered. I just got home from the last test of the week and I think I averaged only a couple hours of sleep a night. I don’t like giving excuses.. so call this an explanation.

  • Hang in there! I think that we all have moments of doubt, especially on the tough parts of the ride. I always try to remember what initially sparked my interest in medicine and focus on that. Believe me, the first 2 years are rough because you are in medical school, but it can feel alot like undergrad being in class all day and studying for exams. Even though the clinical years are time intensive with the hours you pull, you really feel like you are finally training to be a doctor. You will finally have your own patients and develop into the doctor that you will be in the future. I definitely think it’s normal to have doubt, but if you can make it to your clinical years, I think you may be re-energized!

  • Hang in there! I think that we all have moments of doubt, especially on the tough parts of the ride. I always try to remember what initially sparked my interest in medicine and focus on that. Believe me, the first 2 years are rough because you are in medical school, but it can feel alot like undergrad being in class all day and studying for exams. Even though the clinical years are time intensive with the hours you pull, you really feel like you are finally training to be a doctor. You will finally have your own patients and develop into the doctor that you will be in the future. I definitely think it’s normal to have doubt, but if you can make it to your clinical years, I think you may be re-energized!

  • Thanks. I keep thinking… just a few more months till 2nd year is over…

    But I can’t help but wonder sometimes if it’d be better to just cut my losses now and look elsewhere…

    For now, I’m here.

  • Thanks. I keep thinking… just a few more months till 2nd year is over…

    But I can’t help but wonder sometimes if it’d be better to just cut my losses now and look elsewhere…

    For now, I’m here.