It’s that time of the year. Time to reflect back on the year, and time to start planning goals for the year to come. A few big things that have happened this year:
- Took Step 1. For anyone in medical school, this is a huge feat. It wasn’t easy, and I found myself struggling to make it through by the end, but it happened. After that test, anything is possible.
- Started my clinical years and renewed my passion for medicine. It’s easy just how jaded you can get during the preclinical years. You have very little patient interaction, and there is a lot of stress around exams. It’s easy to forget why you came to medical school in the first place. And now that I’m in the hospital every day, I get to be a part of the medical team. I get to help make decisions. I’m (for the most part) trusted in the OR. I get to see how medicine is actually played out. Even with the long hours, it’s really inspiring.
- I completed a Schweitzer fellowship to teach health education to high school students. Over 200 hours went into planning, teaching, and coordinating a curriculum that had an impact on 300+ students. It was cool to see students who may have never had any past exposure to the healthcare field start to consider a future job. We’re always going to need more doctors.
And as we start 2018, here are just a few of my resolutions:
- Do at least 1, if not 2, away rotations. This requires me to figure out what I want to do with my life, but I have a few months to figure it out. I’d like to see how medicine is practiced in other more urban environments.
- Apply for residency! It’s not so much a goal, but rather is a reality, but I put it here because it’s inevitable. This time next year, I’ll know what residency I’ll be pursuing.
- Cook at least once a week. I’ve already noticed how difficult it is to cook, sleep, and workout during the clinical years. So I hope during my day off to take some time and cook. It’s a hobby I don’t want to lose.
- Listen to a new podcast. I’ve never really gotten into podcasts, but my roommates have given me a few good recommendations, like The Undifferentiated Medical Student, which interviews physicians from many different fields and they share their advice on the field and the residency process.
What are your resolutions?