“Hi, my name is Meghan, and I’m a third-year medical student, and…”
“Actually, she’s ALMOST a fourth-year student!”
My preceptor interrupted my introductory spiel I’ve probably given a thousand times this year to patients (it’s so familiar I could say it in my sleep!). With only two and a half more weeks of my third-year left, I was pretty surprised by the truth of his statement!
Thinking ahead to everything that is to come in the next year is daunting: finishing my last OSCEs and shelf exams, studying and doing well on Step 2, submitting residency applications, going on interviews, getting married, putting together my rank list, Match Day, graduation…and all while doing my required and elective courses!
But perhaps all of that isn’t as daunting as thinking of how far I’ve come. It’s been a long past few years for me, particularly, after some bumps in the road, and with each passing day, exam, and rotation, I’m propelling myself closer and closer to the end of this chapter. I’m planning on doing what has always worked for me when I’m faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge: taking it day by day, step by step.