I can’t believe third-year is almost over. Only a few more rotations left and I’ll officially be a fourth-year. It seems that time is passing at an exponential rate. I can’t believe that in 2 years I’ll be a resident. What stuck out to me the most so far has been the difference between a first-year resident and the third-year med student. Personally, all of the residents I’ve met have got it together. They know a LOT about management and the details about the medicine. To me, getting to that level in only 2 years is intimidating. I switch rotations every 6-8 weeks and so it’s always a new hospital, new staff, a new way to write a note, a new way to present patients, etc. And to be completely honest, I bet I couldn’t rattle off the mandatory immunizations by age for pediatrics (my first rotation). So you bet residency is making me apprehensive.
Residency is so close, and yet…I don’t even know what I want to do yet! Based on my experiences so far, I definitely prefer something procedural, but no idea exactly what that entails. Realizing how little time I have left is certainly a bit unsettling. I’ve already been getting emails about choosing an advisor for our career choice! Despite constant reassurance that it’s okay to not know what you want to do right now, I get the sense that that time window is rapidly shrinking.
I suppose all I can do at the moment is….keep calm and carry on!