3 Dec

The other day, an MS1 said something pretty great to me.  I don’t think she meant it as a compliment–I’m not sure it is one–but I’m using it to help my mind during this weekend leading up to our pulmonary final:

“It’s clear that you have a full life outside of school, and it’s intentional.”

Sometimes I worry that part of my motivation to maintain a life is to justify not being the most stellar medical student.  And I think about how much I want to be a great doctor (not to mention all the money throwing on my education)…am I wasting too many minutes/hours/days in a week not working to that end?  Is there any evidence that says that well-rounded individuals can be good doctors?  Or is it just a belief, a hope so many of us have?

Well, for lack of a better way to conclude, and needing to get back to the books, ’tis the season for believing.

I secretly kind of love the weekends before exams.  No new material, everything starts to come together (even if it doesn’t quite get there), and I studying on my own time, in my own way, focusing a little more on the topics I actually enjoy (so, heavy on the disease processes, light on the physiology).


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