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The ending of the beginning

Last Tuesday officially marked the end of two years of book work, sleepless nights of studying for exams, and the classroom education to becoming a physician. On July 1st a new chapter begins: clinical rotations.
Looking back at the past two years I think I can officially say that it was the longest and the shortest two years of my life. From the first day of endless printing and crying about how there is absolutely NO way I could possibly learn or maybe even read all of this information, to meeting some of the best friends I have ever had, learning that it is possible to learn a ton of information, have some kind of social life, stay in a committed and loving marriage, and the minimal amount of sleep that I actually need to feel like a human being the next day and pass an exam.
COMLEX boards were the beast that had to be overcome before I could have a very tiny summer break. Trying to keep up with Doctors in Training during the semester, COMBANK, and the other Q-banks, plus perform well in my actual classes proved to be a difficult task. I managed to, well sorta. And to top things off a solid month of 8-14 hour days of studying. I would just like to thank my husband for putting up with me through all of this, thank the girl that made sure I had a stress outlet to discuss boards with, the guy that sent me so many questions to test my knowledge and for all the love, prayers, support, and encouragement that so many people provided me.
Vacation with the husband and parents has proven to be a much needed stress relief and fun.
I will be learning and working hard for the rest of my life, but I am so glad that the past two years are behind me. The next two years are going to be hard and challenging, but I am so excited to actually get to see medicine in action.

For now though I am going to enjoy my vacation.

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Tired and apparently hungry

Long day. Long night. Not eating out or eating sweets. We’ve been gone all weekend. I’ve got to study. When was the last time I ate. I think it’s 930 pm?

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Now that’s love. Grilled cheese and cuties. That will be great until the next time I need to eat dinner.
Exhausted.

Advantages

It took a long time for me to figure out how to study and an even longer time to figure out where to study. Yes, these are some of the dilemmas that medical students face. Do I study in a group? Do I study by myself? Do I study at home, a coffee shop, the library, a carrel, or a breakout room?

It took me until finals week of the second semester of medical school to figure out that my optimal study space is at home. The only problem with my study space then was that it was a tiny desk that did not have much room for my computer, books, and notes on it all at the same time. Since  I still had that same desk the time that fall semester rolled around I thought that I still needed a study carrel in the library.

The week after school started I decided that I missed studying at home for many, many reasons. I went to office depot and bought a new desk from office depot. What made it even better is that I got a $300 desk for $99. What a deal! After it took Mike about 2 hours to put together this 65 step desk, I now have a wonderful new study space at home! Here are some of my favorite advantages to spending the weekend at home and knowing that I am disciplined enough to stay in my office to do work:

1. I have a coffee maker at home

2. I do not have to plan what I am taking for lunch or must go out to eat because I didn’t bring anything with me

3. I can see my husband on study breaks

4. Good lighting

5. If my phone rings I can answer it and not have to whisper

6. I can see the outside world

7. I can study as early or as late as I want too

8. I can take my earplugs out and listen to the birds chirping outside

9. When the husband is at home he will make me lunch and dinner so I can have optimal study time with minimal interruptions

10. No added stress of other classmates being stressed

His view, my view


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

how do you spend an evening with your spouse in the middle of midterms?
cook dinner together
his headphones in
my earplugs in
3 hours of studying
bed
wouldn’t trade it for the world…. it will be worth it for both of us one day!

preparation

Sitting here getting ready to start studying for the next four hours then I get a break. If it were 9:30 am this fall semester and I had not been studying for at least 2 hours already on a Sunday morning I would be freaking out. I think learning to manage priorities is keep to not freaking out: marriage, sleep, studying, friends, and family. These are the things that need to be managed and managed well so that my life doesn’t fall into a never ending hole and I forget why I get out of bed every morning study for 5-12 hours a day and one day hope to be an amazing physician.
Yesterday seeing all of those bright faces at admitted student day made me remember that life is not as bad as we think it is as medical students and one year ago for some and 6 months ago for others, being a first year medical student was the most exciting thing that we could think of that we wanted to do. Thank you for reminding me of that entering class of 2015.
I must work hard at learning, living, and loving to keep my sanity! If I don’t I will just set myself up for failure and at this point in life, well actually throughout my entire life, failure is not an option. Nineteen days and six test stand between me and spring break.
Get ready, first test block will be over and the success of Spring semester being half way over and getting to enjoy a few minutes of the feeling of “oh I should be studying” will go away for a few short days.