Medical school is difficult; that’s no secret. But I’ve been told there’s light at the end of the tunnel, and fourth-year is supposed to give you a taste of that. So I’m here to share with you what I’m looking forward to my fourth-year of medical school.
- Choosing a Specialty. I hope that by this time next year, I’ll have matched in the specialty that I’ve chosen; that way, I’ll finally have direction in exactly what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.
- Time for Self-Reflection, Family, and Friends. Medical school can keep you so incredibly busy day in and day out. I hope to have time for myself, family, and friends.
- Revisiting Hobbies. See the theme, here? I feel like time is the most valuable gift a medical student can be given. I’d love to have more time to revisit some old hobbies such as reading a non-medical book for fun.
- Vacation. I know, I know—I’ll be traveling a lot for interviews, and traveling somewhere else might be the last thing I want to do. But I genuinely hope I get to take a proper vacation—no studying, no meetings, just relaxation.
- Match Day. This is the day where medical students all across the country find out where they will be going for residency. Words that come to mind: anticipation, excitement, nervousness, anxiety, happiness.
- MD. Graduation is the day where you’ll shift from just being a medical student to a physician. This is the moment you’ve worked so hard for—to have those two powerful letters behind your name and to share this joyous day with those you love the most.
What do you look forward to fourth-year?