When I first started medical school, everything was exciting and my passion to become a doctor fueled me for a long time. Even little things like wearing scrubs or learning how to take a history made me really excited and so grateful that I was in medical school. Through the stress of schooling and being in the classroom day in and day out, it is so easy to lose this passion and excitement. I forget how it felt to be grateful that I was a medical student and at times I wonder if I even want to be here at all. However, each SIM lab experience or any glimpse at the clinical life brings my excitement right back. I also discovered that when I felt this enthusiasm and remembered how grateful I am to be here, I was more focused in the classroom.
Taking advantage of OSCEs and clinical skills workshops is really important during your pre-clinical years. Not only will it help you out in years 3 and 4, but it helps you remember why you are here. Going to medical school allows you to treat patients and become a physician. You would be surprised how often this is forgotten when you are memorizing enzymes or cytokines. Taking a step back to look at the big picture can really reset your focus and make you happier. I hope to keep this in mind as I finish up the last semester of in-classroom schooling in the midst of board studying. Second years…we are almost there!