Between finishing third-year and Step 2, I felt like I was in an awkward MS3.5 limbo. I was definitely not a third-year anymore, but most certainly not a fourth-year without having crossed the Step 2 bridge. However, since finishing that exam, I feel a lot more comfortable owning that fourth-year title!
Fourth-year has a lot of adventures on the horizon. While there are many required courses including our acting internship, neurology, ICU, emergency medicine, and our teaching rotation where we mentor first and second-year students, there is also ample elective time built in. Students spend the time doing away rotations at prospective residency programs or closer to home, traveling, and broadening their medical knowledge before residency begins. I’m excited to delve more into fields like clinical nutrition and geriatrics which I haven’t had much exposure to so far in medical school.
My schedule is still being finalized, but it’s looking great so far. Between classes, electives, applying for residency, residency interviews, and getting married in January, the 2017-2018 school year is looking to be a busy, exciting one!