The clinical years of medical school are awesome. You finally get to see real-life examples of everything you have been studying in books. You get to interact with so many different types of patients and healthcare providers. And best of all… you’re not stuck at a desk all day long.
However, you really do have to adjust your studying. You learn SO much on rotations, but you also learn that you have so much more to learn. The first two years of medical school gives you a good general overview of diseases processes, diagnosing, and general treatment plants. But oh man, there is so much more to know. The thing that I have struggled with the most is fitting in time to study. On rotations, you learn a lot hands on. But that isn’t enough. You need to be studying at night time and on the weekends.
For me, I look up things diseases and treatment plans on the things that I saw that day. That way I will be able to tie the information I am reading about to real-life examples. It is so much easier to remember things when you have experienced them with a patient first hand. I also use questions a lot more to study. The first two years of med school were all about getting the information down and processing things for the first time. Once you get to clinicals, you’ve read or studied about these things before. Now you need to get your clinical reasoning down and learn more details about treatment plans.
It is a lot of work, but so much more fun!