…and I guess that applies to blogging as much as it does to med school life.
I’m back. It’s funny how life works out sometimes. I thought that coming into third year I’d have so much time to do the things I wanted to do and enjoy life again. WRONG. While I feel like I have more time now than I used to, I don’t. I simply choose to spend it on different things.
Over the last six months, I have completely gotten out of study mode and into mom-wife-work-mode. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed my rotations so far (Cardiology, Allergy, ENT, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine…but that’s another post) and have learned a lot. BUT, in no way have I studied as much as I have in the past.
It’s caught up with me.
January 13th, I began my core rotations – Pediatrics to start. At the end of this 4-week rotation, I will take a COMAT exam covering everything there is to know about pediatrics. From pharmacology and microbiology to asthma and proper infant development. Not much, right? I’m terrified. Not because of the material but because I’m so out of test taking practice.
While I’m on my core rotations, I will also be taking COMLEX Level 2 in May. Every osteopathic medical student is required to take a series of three exams in order to be eligible for a medical license. Level 1 is taken at the end of 2nd year, Level 2 at the end of 3rd year, and Level 3 generally taken before residency is finished.
Needless to say, I need to get back on the study horse. Tonight I got together a study plan and put my study books in a binder. I have over 4,000 Qbank questions, 500+ flashcards, and well over 700 pages of review book material. Feeling
good overwhelmed. But I can do it. Many before me have done it. Not to mention I have the support of my husband, son, and classmates – what more could a girl ask for :)
Discipline. Every med student needs it. It is an absolute must. Unfortunately, it left me quickly once I left the classroom. For the remainder of the month, I’m getting my focus back. My quest to reclaim my discipline begins tomorrow – Gym (yea, for free gym memberships from the hospital). Work. Love on my family. Study. Sleep. Repeat. It will come back quickly.
I have met some amazing people and have great stories to share. One such story that helped me decide on my future specialty (stay tuned). I’m beginning to navigate the waters of residency program audition rotations and applications…should be interesting. Love for you to join me for the ride.
Until next time, take care.