WAR(d) STORIES: 2/9/2017
WAR(d) STORIES is a composite of personal stories on finance, medical school, and life.
3rd year has kept me so busy and kept me away from the blog! Thank you for reading along so far, and sharing your insights. I am in a slew of required rotations, so I'm not in the corner of medicine that I prefer, but it is good experience regardless. This well-rounded experience is what makes a doctor a doctor.
Learning how to diagnose an ear infection will help me be a better dad to my children (should I buy an otoscope someday? I can't decide). Learning how to perform a thorough neuro exam will help me be a better friend and family member when my companions invariably come to me with their latest medical concern. Learning how to talk to a teen about their anxiety through open-ended questions and negative-thought interruption will help me counsel future patients, peers, and family members. Gosh. It sounds like my family members are really benefiting from my education here!
If you are a premed student or preclinical med student, you will soon learn the joys of planning your rotations. What was once so incredibly exciting to discuss has now turned into what feels like a court case drawn out over years with no end in sight. My schedule for my 4th year is finally almost solidified, and I am awaiting acceptance for an away rotation at Mayo Clinic. I don't anticipate having that answer until April or May.
In addition to scheduling and studying for rotations and meeting graduation requirements, 3rd and 4th year scheduling requires ninja skills to sort out the best time to study for and take Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS in a different city (unless you live in Chicago, Philly, Atlanta, Houston, or LA), writing your personal statement, collecting Letters of Recommendation, looking across the country for residency programs you might want to apply to, doing research, making money on the side (YEAH BABY!), and my personal favorite: family time.
Even with much to do, all these things happen at different times, and if you're diligent about watching how you spend time, you can find pockets of time to do something to make some extra money.
After recently finishing 4 weeks in the pediatric clinic, I have come to a realization- my favorite age is 4 years old. 4-year-olds are objectively hilarious. My favorite interaction in the office is when the 4-year-old starts divulging private information about the parents or their parenting style ("And then she let us have ice cream for breakfast again"). The parents get so embarrassed, and I find it hilarious.
Are you having trouble making your 3rd and 4th year schedule?
Whats your favorite age?
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