Wow, that went by so fast.
Writing went by the wayside this semester as I became bogged down in difficult courses. And I was so motivated at the beginning! The best laid plans…
Anyway, I wanted to write a brief overview of the semester to give you all a taste of what to expect in the second year of med school.
In general, the course difficulty shot up a notch or two. This actually started late last year when we started with our systems courses, the first being Neuroscience. This last semester included Infectious Disease, Hematology-Oncology, Cardiovascular, Behavioral Medicine and Respiratory.
Cardio and Hem-Onc were the hardest for me, although Infectious Disease was a rough way to start the year. Cardio physiology was brutal and will definitely be an area of focus for me as I think about Step 1.
Agh, Step 1. It’s like an evil shadow always lurking in the back of your brain. While very few of my fellow students have actually started studying for it officially, it is a topic that seems to come up in conversation often. And it is always there when you’re studying. Countless times I have considered glossing over something I didn’t really want to put the time into when the thought that I could be missing an opportunity to master something for Step 1 enters my head. This usually motivates me to push on.
Clinic was a welcome relief from the monotony of lectures. I am looking forward to continuing that and honing my physical exam and interviewing skills.
Overall, the semester was a success. I passed all the courses. I feel refreshed after winter break. While posting on this site has trailed off, I actually have a several posts that just need finishing touches. So expect some fresh material!
Wishing you all the best this New Year!