Lately, medical school has felt like a balancing act. This past week has been very busy, and featured an eclectic mix of activities. First there was the school club fair. I’m co-president of an organization at AMC called Prescribed Books for Kids, through which we send students out to the pediatric floors to read to children during our lunch hour. At the club fair, my co-president and I found it easy to recruit willing first years, because reading to kids is a lot of fun and the time commitment is minimal. We forgot to bring candy to draw people in, but a colorful poster was really all we needed!
That was only the first fair of my week. It paled in comparison to the New York State Fair, which I attended with my family over the weekend. The New York State Fair takes place in Syracuse, New York. Both my parents grew up in Syracuse, and most of my family still lives there, so I’ve attended the Fair for many years and couldn’t imagine missing one! I had a great (and unapologetically unhealthy!) time.
Here is just a partial list of food items I consumed: baked potato with all the toppings, maple popcorn, pulled pork sandwich, cheese samples, a “cookiewich,” and many slices of pizza at our favorite pizza place at the end of the day.
This weekend was a time out from the demands of medical school and I enjoyed getting away. However, in the back of mind, it certainly weighed on me that I was taking a substantial chunk of time away from my studying. In the second year, AMC gives us two week themes, with a final exam at the end of the two weeks. The pace is fast and it is getting a little tiring, especially compared to the relative relaxation of first year with its month long themes.
I’m also finding that the organizations that I was merely a member of last year are demanding more of my time as I’ve taken on leadership roles. So last week, I spent an afternoon at the club fair, and a couple nights ago, I participated in a conference call for the national organization I’m involved with, and there are more obligations looming in the near future. I’ve been thankful for my smart phone lately, because without it, I’d have a hard time keeping track of all the tasks I need to complete!
So, it seems that in addition to mastering your coursework, medical school is about learning to balance many responsibilities. My schoolwork, organizations, family, significant other, and friends are all competing for my time and energy. Now I’m just trying to learn how to juggle!