The musings of a final year medical student

Saturday, 29 April 2017


Just like that, Easter has come and gone. If you're a student that only means one thing - exam season has begun!

I had a fantastic week off placement where I got to spend quality time with my family. In terms of work, I only did a few flashcards. It was bliss. However, this week has been intense to say the least! I felt I was thrown straight into the deep end at my hospital placement. Annoyingly, it's a one hour commute each way, which does tire me out. I now have 7 weeks of hospital left, 1 week of lectures and then my written exams. Oh, and my OSCE is right in the middle of all that.

I'm splitting my time between a cardiology and a gastroenterology ward. I do love being on the medicine rotation, but I can't help but feel like I need to be in the library rather than the wards.

I am desperate not to resit this year. However, I don't want to be a slave to revision. So, my plan of action is to give my placements 100%, but also prioritise healthy eating and exercise. Luckily my weekends are mostly free, so I'm going to try and do fun things then. Like today, I went and got my haircut and I've been on a run. I'm still having to do work, but it isn't the be all and end all of my day. 

My feeling is that if I've got a lifetime of exams ahead of me, I may as well not get too bogged down with them. If I did, I would burn out. I'm working hard and I'm giving it 100%, but I'm also allowing myself to live. If I'm not happy, then none of this is worth anything. And that's what I'm trying to remember throughout this exam season. 

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