Candidly, I will admit that I have had my hands full for the last few weeks. Though I feel that they have been tremendous learning experiences thus far, I am starting to feel the breakneck pace wearing me down a little.
Though it is commonly said by those who came before to “not worry” and “to accept the uncertainties and the unknowns” of third year, it is hard to shake off the feeling of incompetence and inadequacies in what I do and what I know.
While I wholeheartedly accept that there is a method to the madness and that in the end everything will be alright, I find myself struggling. Now in deep uncharted waters, I am afraid I will not be able to keep my head above the rising tides.
That really is a personal choice. Medical school makes it much more difficult to plan for but people still find time to start one.
Getting married in medical school happens often and that depends on your own planning. Most will get married before third year as it is the most challenging year to adjust to.
Some of the ladies in class also do have children and take a year off (or not) but again that is a personal choice. The common path for having children is to do so after finishing medical school, although some of the older students in class had children prior to going into medical school.
Their plans are as varied as their life stories.
Personally, I do not plan to start a family until I graduate medical school.
To my readers,
I apologize for the slow pace on the blog recently; this upcoming weekend will continue to be thus. I will be spending some quality time with my partner before third year officially begins. Thank you for your understanding and I look forward to sharing more stories soon.
Tom of the Medical State of Mind
Medicine has a tendency to attract a certain demographic of people that share many qualities. They can be good or bad depending on the circumstances. It is the nature of the beast.
I have always held great respect for this field. Curiosity and interest led me here. I would like to believe I am a hard worker, dedicated to perfecting my craft, and have a hunger for knowledge. Beyond them there are of course other qualities like independence, leadership and compassion etc., qualities that we are all gifted with. It is only when you get into medicine that you realize that there are people who are even more qualified in these areas. I am always amazed by those around me.
To that end, I do not know if the qualities I possess are enough to succeed in this profession but I make do with what I have and do the best I can.
Why is medicine the right career path for me? That is a deeply personal question where the answer is a feeling. I feel it in my bones and in my heart and I cannot explain to you why it feels right. However, what I can tell you is why I continue: I continue in medicine because it is my passion, it is my dream. I continue because I promised my late father I would pursue that which makes me happy. I continue because losing my father to cancer means something to me.
I continue because I believe in myself.