“Hi, my name is Meghan Yi, and I’m a second…I mean, third-year medical student.”
I awkwardly introduced myself to standardized patients like this all last week during orientation.
BUT, yes, folks, you heard that right–I’m a third-year medical student! We officially begin our rotations on Tuesday, a day marking the beginning of talking to and learning from attendings, residents, nursing staff, and patients alike, a day that I have been daydreaming about since I realized sitting in a library studying for hours and hours on end was not my favorite activity.
I enter the upcoming week with a million and one emotions and questions: How early do I have to wake up? Do I even know where that part of the hospital is? Where do I get scrubs? I really need to work on my oral presentations. I’m a crier; I hope I don’t cry. How did I end up in the third year of medical school?! I am so excited! But also terrified!
I start with my eight week surgery rotation, and I could not be more pumped! After a month of general surgery, I have a month of subspecialties, including orthopaedic surgery and ENT. I’m sure that I will have lots to report on and share about my experiences this year, and I look forward to sharing my journey with you!