Summer for some means the beach, traveling, and the World Cup! For others, it is the start of one of the most challenging journeys that one can embark on…Medical School.
Dear first-year medical student,
First off congratulations! You have made it through the sleepless nights of studying for organic chemistry and physics. You have excelled on a national board examination, filled out tons of applications, and committed to the place you will call home for the next four years. As cliche as it might sound, you did not choose medicine, medicine chose you. It chose you because you are brave, resilient, and exceptionally intelligent. You are kind, innovative, and unique. You are an essential part of our future generation’s healthcare industry and you matter; don’t ever forget that.
As you begin your classes, learning about the various organs, know that you will come across many challenges. There will be exams that are impossible to ace. There will be days that coffee can’t cure. And there will be moments when you want to just give up. But know that what you are experiencing is the norm. Know that your best is ALWAYS good enough. I want to remind you that the pathology you are learning, the medications you must know, and the anatomy that is taught are more than just what is required by the board of medical education to get a license. You see, what we learn in the textbooks will one day present themselves as our patients. What you know now, will help many others in the future, trust me.
But with that said, there is always time to take a break. Go for a walk, talk to a friend, or take a nap. Laugh as much as you can, do not postpone your happiness. And most importantly enjoy every minute of these next four years because although difficult, it will all be worth it one day.
A third-year medical student