This month has been pretty stressful for me with wrapping up my third year of school, traveling for weddings and my sister’s graduation outside of New York state, starting Step 2 studying, and planning for fourth-year. Earlier this month, the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), the website we use to apply for residency, opened up, which has added an extra layer of stress to my and my fellow third-year med students’ plates.
In between practice exams and reviewing for Step 2, I’ve been spending my time working on my personal statement and CV, reconnecting with preceptors I worked with throughout the year who might be able to write me strong letters of recommendation for my application, meeting with mentors and advising deans at the college, and considering where I want to spend the next three years of my life to allow me to become the best doctor I can be. It’s not a task that is to be taken lightly!
The academic calendar of medical education is a funny one. While my fiance who is in law school has been out of school since May and won’t start up again until late August and my friends in the “real world” are jetting off on vacation, our road to our goals of becoming physicians never really lets up. Once applications are in for residency and interviews are said and done, though, the rest of fourth-year should be relatively relaxed. And I am definitely looking forward to that!