I suppose I should call this post: “How to stay motivated post-match.” Like really, it’s really challenging. I’m currently wrapping up my medical school requirements, and what was easy last year know feels like a gauntlet.
I suppose it’s the fact that I matched, I have a job for next year, and I’m overwhelmed with paperwork and the challenge of buying a house. Perhaps my focus is elsewhere, and for the first time, the evaluations don’t carry as much weight.
I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means, but when I think about what is keeping me motivated:
- Carry a light patient load. 1-2 patients, but get to really know them. Write the note, follow up on orders, give the assessment and plan. You picked up these skills as a sub-I, and in a month, you’ll be doing these on the regular. So better start practicing now.
- If you can, pick electives that interest you and you’ll never have the exposure to again. My mentor, a surgeon, told me to do medicine electives in cardiology and nephrology because the education would be valuable and I would not have the opportunity again.
- Be vocal in what you want to learn. On my geriatrics rotation, I ask to follow primarily post-op or patients with an interesting surgical history. On neurology, I followed primarily trauma patients. For the first time, you’re not chasing a grade.
- Have fun. Now you don’t need to study or work on applications. Enjoy your afternoons. As a mentor told me, these few months are the longest moments of happiness and rest you’ll get for a long time.
Anyone else have advice?