It’s over. It’s done. My first year of medical school came to a close and I can finally take a sigh…of relief and relaxation. I wanted to share, however, some of the things I learned and loved during this year, for my own sake and for the sake of others who are looking forward to medical school in the near future. So, if you’re interested in seeing what this (now) second year medical student has to say, keep reading.I’m a very introverted person so the thought of making new friends was a bit daunting to me but being forced to study for hours on end in close proximity with people works wonders for your interpersonal and friend-making skills. I remember back to my white coat ceremony when I was so sad that my mother was unable to make it. I remember back to first semester when I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be able to make it. Medical school is hard. And it’s a lot of work and a lot of information. I won’t lie to you guys. I very often wanted to “quit”… not that I could or would but I often asked myself, “do I really want to do this” or “how are we supposed to remember all of this?” Then on top of not sleeping as you should or not working out like you’re used to or eating poorly or even just taking a snapchat break and seeing that your non-medical school friends are having a life and you know that you haven’t left the school building in 18 hours… It’s not easy, but even with just one year under my belt, I know that it’s worth it. I have a sticky note on my mirror that says “DO IT FOR THE KIDZ!” I want to be a pediatrician and that desire, and my personal statement, and my video reaction when I got accepted to medical school is what kept me going some nights when stuff like Neurology got me down. And don’t get me wrong; I don’t have the best grades (by far) but you don’t need the best grades you just need to do your best and at the end of the semester, I’m sure that I’ve done that. It wasn’t all work and no play, however. I had so many laughs and good times. I honestly should have been studying more. Those friends that I mentioned, we had some pretty cool adventures. The beach is relatively close to Dothan and, so on free weekends, we would travel down to Florida and soak up the sun and relaxation.
I learned some very valuable skills this year. I am a long ways out from fixing a kid’s broken arm but if you NEED it, I got you. I’m sure you can tell, also, that my school and my classmates are big on pictures. I once did a search on instagram for the hashtag #oms1 and it was very difficult to not see an ACOM student. I twereked. I got creative. I formed new traditions. And, oh yeah, I studied. For studying tips, I’ll say this. Don’t be afraid to try new things but also know yourself! I was so against hand written notes because I never tried them before; all of my notes were on my computer and iPad. I was against it because I’m stubborn but once I tried it, my test scores jumped about 6-7%! Crazy I know. So don’t be afraid to experiment but don’t try everything. Like I know myself and know that being in big groups (even studying) makes me slightly anxious and so I stay away from study groups until maybe the day before to run through everything that I’ve already studied and learned.
There are also TONS of resources out there. I love Sketchy Pharm. I love Sketchy Micro. I like Pathoma. I like BRS. But there are certain things that I will never use because there are only so many hours in the day and, at a certain point, the information becomes redundant and you still need to focus on the information presented in class. Lecture. DSA. Powerpoint. Whatever. Because that’s what’s going to be tested. Remember that. Hm…more selfies. Yeah I took a lot of selfies (and usies)!I made posters for the bomb friends that I met at ACOM!And connections with the ones that I met at other institutions. This school year has definitely had its ups and downs and while I’m not best friends with every single person in my class, I am grateful for each of them because I understand their struggle and because I know that in three years time, we’ll all be amazing physicians. I know that next year will be a little different because we’ll start thinking about boards but I’m excited for the journey. Thanks to ACOM and its professors (especially the ones that are leaving us) from OMT all the way back to Anatomy! 2019 out! *drops mic*
Have a great summer lovelies and I’ll see you real soon! XX!
P.S. Let me know if you want a review on any of the tools I use to study.