With Match Day 2019 is just ahead of us, thousands of fourth years are looking ahead to that next chapter of their lives, becoming a resident. On July 1st , they will be transitioning from the safety of being a medical student to the overwhelming responsibility of being a resident.
I won’t lie, making it through college and medical school without a typical support system is rough. Finding resources, exploring time management approaches, and financial considerations were important parts of my journey.
After finishing my institution’s preclinical curriculum and finishing Step 1, I figured I wouldn’t use many of the same resources again to study for rotations or Step 2.
Applying to residencies is a monumental step in our medical school careers and it determines where we end up in the next chapter of our lives. It can seem daunting at first, but it can be a painless (and even exciting!) time if you prepare early.
In my preclinical years, I found that the key to not losing myself in the lists of factors that all sounded like slight variations of the exact same made-up word, was to spend time in the clinical setting. Clinical exposure in your preclinical years can introduce you to the vocabulary that you will learn to use as a second language in your clinical years. You can learn to interact with patients in a meaningful way that also gets you comfortable in your white coat. You can learn and fine-tune skills, get exposure to multiple specialties, and get a nice clinical correlation to what you’re learning in class.
Welcome to SketchyMedical’s brand new blog! This has been a work in progress for almost a year now and we are so excited that we can finally share it with you. We wanted to take a moment to tell you what you can expect out of this blog and how you can get involved.