It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in medical school for 4 years. I finished up my final rotation this past week and have officially finished my medical school career (that is, assuming I passed this rotation)! Previously, I had written a post about the progression of the medical student. I have to say that on my final rotation, I really felt like a budding intern. The team I was working with trusted me with the patients I was assigned to. The information/progress that I presented was taken at face value.
I think that is what medical students are searching for: being an accepted and trusted member of a team. Whenever I felt that way on a rotation, I found myself inclined to pursue that specialty. Once you’re a graduating MS4, you realize that you’ve become better at recognizing what is important for the team you’re working for. You’ve also become much better at searching for information on the EMR as well as information regarding your assessment and plans!
So now that I’m done with medical school, would I do it again? That is a difficult question to answer. On the one hand, I would never want to go through that compressed and hastened science education ever again. I would never want to take Steps 1 & 2 again. However, seeing where I am now, the light at the end of the tunnel (the tunnel being education/schooling), on the verge of being an intern, I can see how the education pays off. Ultimately though, I think medical school is something I’d only want to do once and never again, so if I had to do it again, I probably wouldn’t.