Congratulations to those of you who have acceptances! And to those still on wait-lists or who didn’t receive an acceptance this year, keep your head highs and hopes up.
For those starting medical school this summer, the best piece of advice I can offer is to keep your mind open and heart set on what’s really important to you. For the former, medicine has so many opportunities from basic science research to public health to media and advocacy. If you think you know exactly what you want to do, that’s great; but it’s worth keeping your mind and ears open, as you won’t be the first to have done a 180 degree turn once you start seeing what’s possible.
In terms of keeping your heart set on what’s important, medicine is a powerful culture. You’re about to spend years training under people with very entrenched habits in a very entrenched culture. If you spend month after month doing bedside rounds with physicians who cut patients off or act disrespectfully, it’s very easy to let that culture become your own. Don’t let that happen. Listen to your emotions, and if you see something that doesn’t sit right, you may not need to correct others, but at least don’t let that become part of who you are and how you will practice medicine.
Lastly, have fun. Medical school is way more fun than you’d expect, and there’s also a good deal of time to pursue outside interests and hobbies. Congrats!!