The musings of a final year medical student

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


I don't think I have ever felt so excited to do medicine in my life. I have been sent a preliminary timetable of what third year will be like and I cannot wait. In all honesty, first year's content felt very dry. We didn't have any patient contact in any kind of clinical setting. We practised taking histories from actors, but that isn't the same. As someone who went into medicine mainly for the social interaction aspect that the profession offers, this was very frustrating. Going into placement this year as a second year medical student was undoubtedly a steep learning curve, but now I love it. In particular, the medical wards rather than the surgical ones (hint: I've already ruled out surgery!)

For me, it always makes more sense to make resolutions at the start of each academic year, rather than calendar. I've realised that it can be really hard to stay healthy when you work a 9-5 or longer job. I never really appreciated how tiring it is when you are on your feet all day. So, I'm really looking forward to getting back in to cooking, as I think I will need to make a lot of freezable meals! I've become so much healthier this year and I don't want to go back into old habits of microwave meals and take aways. I've found it really hard to be motivated to go to the gym when I am on placement because it's so draining!

Really, I'm prepared to get my bum in to gear and work very hard. This is the time to think about electives, CV, whether to intercalate, and also get a flavour of which specialities I gravitate towards, and which ones to rule out. 

I truly feel like I am exactly where I am meant to be. I can't wait to be able to say "Hello, my name is Kate and I am a THIRD year medical student". 


1 comment

  1. I'm glad you're feeling so excited! Medicine just keeps getting better with each year further you get. Freezer meals is definitely a good idea - I know I used to be quite lazy when I was tired, so having a nice veggie chilli or something to defrost made sure I ate properly! Good luck :)
    Jennifer x
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