Well, it is official. I am a fourth-year medical student. Just saying and thinking about this concept is a little bit scary but exciting nonetheless because it means that I am one step closer to achieving my goal of becoming a physician. I thought that it would be helpful for myself to think about some goals that I want to achieve this coming year so why not share that with you all as well! So the following are my top 3 goals for the upcoming year.
- Learn from Sub-Intern/Audition rotations: As I explained before during our fourth-year medical students can do what is called Sub-I (short for Sub-Intern) or Audition rotations in a specialty of their choice at a residency of their choice to showcase their skills and learn more about the program. I want to really take advantage of my rotations and learn from residents, faculty, and the attending to improve myself as a future healthcare provider.
- Don’t Stress…Too much: This year is probably one of the most stressful times of our lives given that we are applying for residency positions, interviewing, and essentially going to determine what we will be doing for the rest of our lives. While I know that it is hard to just completely let go of the anxiety and stress, I want to make an effort to enjoy the journey and trust the process so that I can look back and know that I truly took full advantage of my last year in medical school.
- Make Time for What You Love: This past year I have been getting more into fitness and eating healthier so I want to keep up with that routine even when life gets busy. I want to build a strong foundation of making time for what matters so that when I am in residency I can build on it day by day.
I hope that these goals for my last year of medical school are helpful in putting what I want to achieve this year into perspective. If you are in your last year of medical school, what are some of your goals that you would like to accomplish by the end of the year?