It has been much too long since I last blogged. My first year of medical school was insane and sometimes, I can barely believe that I survived it. I had a lovely and quick summer break, then jumped right back into classes last month to start my M2 year!
So, what’s new for this M2?
Even more active learning
The school I attend, Larner College of Medicine, is currently transitioning to a 100% active learning curriculum. This means removing lecture and replacing it with workshops, case based learning, and discussion. This semester has had the most active learning yet with barely any lectures.
For me, this just means I have to adjust my studying approach. I can no longer simply read and reread lecture notes over and over again until the medical monologue is memorized. Rather, I have to be proactive and work through material ahead of time so that I can work through application questions with my classmates. It’s something I am still currently trying to perfect.
I’m no longer ‘new’
There’s a whole new class of M1s, all bright eyed and trying to find secret study spots. It’s refreshing to have new blood in the school. Although, it can be terrifying when first years ask you for advice like you’re some kind of expert – most days, I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing.
My school actually pairs up M2s and M1s for a mentoring relationship, kind of like a Big-Little system in Greek life. I actually received two M1 mentees and they are lovely. Hopefully, I’ll be able to help them in some small way even if it’s just letting them know which coffee carts are the best (something I am an expert in).
Step 1 is on the horizon
For those you who don’t know, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) has multiple exams to assess medical students on their capability at practicing medicine. The first exam, called Step 1, occurs after the basic science years of medical school. My classmates and I will be taking this exam in February and it is heavy on our minds. There’s a lot of anxiety associated with it because you have to pass to continue with your education and your performance can impact how competitive of a specialty you can enter.
As for me, I am trying to continue to commit to my personal wellness and development as a future physician. This has included a new love for yoga, embracing group study sessions, and constant reflection. I’m hoping this blog can be a part of that.
As always, let me know how your own journey is going and ask any and all questions you have ❤