As a medical student, I’m constantly reminded by those around me that the field of medicine is constantly changing and I really need to stay current amidst all the new drugs, guidelines, etc. that emerge and continue to be refined with more and more evidence. Lately, it’s been hard to stick to my goal of learning one thing a day…and it’s not due to a lack of motivation or a case of senioritis. In fact, I’m always trying to carve out more time for self-learning, but with research, interviews, and serving on the admissions committee for my school, there are never enough hours in the day and I am just too tired to start at the end of a long day.
Moreover, not being on a clinical rotation for the past few weeks has also made it difficult to keep the facts in my brain, especially when I don’t have a patient to relate it back to. While on third year clerkships, learning from my patients was the most rewarding thing. My patients really solidified my understanding of disease pathology and helped me realize the emotional and physical toll that illness puts on individuals. Nevertheless, I’ve got to build up my perseverance and ability to actively engage as a lifelong learner. Otherwise, I may never keep up when I finally become a practicing physician!
My new goal now is to start off the day with 10 minutes of time devoted to reading an article, looking something up online, listening to a podcast during breakfast, or watching a short video about a concept that I don’t quite remember anymore. We’ll see if I stick to it and hopefully, it will only strengthen my preparation for intern year and beyond!