I remember the times I was studying for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. I was in medical school, and I knew I would have special “dedicated time” just to focus because that was my only responsibility.
Those times were hard. I didn’t enjoy them. I felt like all the joy in my life was being taken away because I had to lock myself away to study. It was the only way for me to stay disciplined because it takes too long for me to get back into study mode after I allowed myself to be social and engaged like I typically am.
Well, let me tell you, it’s not any easier when you’re working a full-time job in the times of COVID-19 and then trying to find the time, energy, and motivation to study. One would say it’s probably not so bad because we’re used to it. But I’ll be honest, in my opinion, it doesn’t get any easier. You just know you have to get through it.
This piece isn’t going to give you the magic formula or answer. This piece is to share that I know what you’re feeling. I know it’s hard. I completely understand.
This piece is to provide encouragement. I see you working hard. I see you care about your patients. You can do this! You’ve made it this far, and just keep going! If it was easy, everyone would do it! Medicine is a marathon, not a sprint!
I try to remind myself why I went into medicine in the first place. I try to remind myself that I have to get through these board exams so I can care for patients. Great investment has been made and now I have to see it through! There is light at the end of the tunnel!
Thoughts from a psychiatry intern,