It’s been a big year for me. From conquering the core clinical rotations to interviewing for the next stage of my life, 2015 has been a whirlwind. I remember when the year first started in January and I didn’t think I was going to make it through all these rotations and still make it out alive because the second semester seemed so top heavy. Nevertheless, neurology, internal medicine, pediatrics, and OB/GYN surprisingly went by more quickly than I thought they would. By the end of third year, I had finally made a decision about what I wanted to go into and I was as sure as I could be. I then began the arduous process of studying for Step 2 in the summer and thankfully, those two pesky hurdles are out of the way too! With the end of the core clinical rotations, I slid right into my fourth year rotations, starting with my family medicine sub-I. I learned so much during that rotation and really valued having a greater degree of responsibility for the patients that I was taking care of. The fall was also full of difficult decision-making as well as uncomfortable waiting, since I’m both indecisive and impatient as a slightly neurotic fourth year med student. Despite going to the AAFP National Conference for Medical Students and Residents, I still had a hard time narrowing down places to apply to. When I finally did hit the submit button, hearing back and scheduling interviews was a time of anxiety for me too. For the past few months, I think I have really gotten the interview trail thing down…or at least I hope so! It was a struggle at times, though, to balance these interviews for my future with my current commitments for the admissions office, research project, etc. Yet, I somehow got through the ring of fire and have made it out! Happy New Year everyone and onto 2016 for even bigger surprises and growth personally, academically, and spiritually!
Jennifer blogged for Merck Manuals Student Stories during her third and fourth years of medical school. She is currently a resident physician at Brown University/Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island Family Medicine Residency Program. She looks forward to training in Rhode Island and becoming skilled in taking care of urban underserved populations and practicing full spectrum family medicine.