A pretty common perception of medical students that I hear all the time is that we “study all day.” Which is, sadly, somewhat true. But there are other things we do on occasion, whether they are hobbies, research projects, or extracurricular activities that we are passionate about. Here’s a little snapshot into my day today, which may help you get an idea of the variety of things medical students are involved in.
8 am – Rise and Shine. Time to wake up, eat breakfast, and get ready for my day.
9 am – Head to the gym for a quick workout. They say exercise improves memory, and its good for you too, so no excuses.
10 am – Make it to campus in time for lecture. We are on our psychiatry block, and today our class had lectures on maternal-child bonding and personality disorders (pretty interesting stuff).
12 pm – Lunch talk. As a poor, starving student, lunch talks are a godsend. My talk was for the Clinical and Translational research pathway I’m enrolled in, where we discuss mentorship and training advice concerning our current scholarly projects.
1 pm – Time to head over to the Teaching and Learning center for my afternoon lab. We’re learning how to conduct a mental status exam, and we watch several videos of psychiatric patients in order to practice our skills. Our clinical skills exam is next week, so I have to get ready!
2:30 pm – Success – our afternoon session got out early! Time to head to the bio-medical library to study for my upcoming final, as well as work on stuff for AMSA (American Medical Student Association), a group I’m a part of.
4 pm – I head to the ophthalmology clinic across the street to do research. I’m working on a clinical research project with a resident there, which mostly involves flipping through endless stacks of patient charts.
6 pm – I’m hungry again. Time to grab some food from the hospital cafeteria, which surprisingly isn’t all that bad.
7 pm – Step 1 review session. My school is holding review sessions for the test, and as it’s only 4 months away, I should probably start studying. Time to brush up on my pharmacology!
9:30 pm – With my brain full and my body fatigued, I collapse on my bed at home. Before I go to sleep, I’ll make some time to review flashcards…or write a blog post.