My favorite part of summer vacation so far: wedding season; everything from the details of the bride’s shoes to the delicious chocolate, raspberry cake! What I loved most about this wedding was the fact that both the bride and groom are in the medical field. This couple had met in college but due to their passion for different aspects of medicine they ended up miles apart for the remainder of their relationship. Anniversaries were celebrated through face time and visits were kept to a minimum. But through boards, rotations, and residency they kept their love strong despite the distance. Finally, the day came when they had earned the letters after their names and celebrated their union. I was not only proud but also inspired that afternoon because I was able to witness the end of one chapter and the beginning of another in this beautiful love story.
You see, maintaining relationships in medical school is not an easy task. Relationships with friends, loved ones, and even family can and sometimes do fall lower on our list of priorities while studying or taking night call. We miss our family and friends and we do get lonely. But we must remember that the sacrifices we are making will one day allow us to make a huge difference in the healthcare industry. Those supporting us see that ultimate goal we are striving for as well. They are patient and kind. They understand that this is no easy path. Most importantly, they will be there at the finish line to congratulate us on all our achievements and join in on our celebrations.