Medical school is tough, we all know this. Making your way through all the lectures, flash cards, notes, books and exams is beyond arduous. You must always remember that you are not alone. There are at least 60-180 individuals going through the exact same turmoil as you are. These people, also known as your classmates, have the same homework, the same exam times, and the same frustrations as yourself. I feel these people are my surrogate family for the next four years. Though we may not be related, our struggles and goals are one in the same.
During my undergraduate career, I rarely studied with others. I was either too prideful to make my lack of intelligence known to others or my schedule was just too erratic to find time to meet up with others. Now in medical school, I can’t do everything on my own. Digesting all this medical information is like drinking from a fire hose. It is almost impossible to take it all in on your own. But, some people will understand key points of the material that I do not and vice versa. Studying on your own could also lead to learning material incorrectly if someone isn’t there to correct you. Also, the obvious benefit of studying with others is practicing physical exam skills on one another. Nothing will bring you closer than feeling your roommate’s femoral pulse.
I am not only talking about studying either. The inspiration of this blog post was a social event involving my classmates. Never had I been happier to take a break from studying and see their lovely faces. These young people are my friends, family and future colleagues. We all make lame medically related jokes to one another and talk about the amount of notes we have yet to go through. Ohana, in Hawaiian, means Family. Family means no one gets left behind. I want my entire class to succeed and become the best doctors this world has ever seen. As we climb, we must lift those around us. Don’t be afraid to reach out.