It’s been an awesome 2 years at Tufts University School of Medicine!
I can’t even describe how dope it feels to be able to say that I’ve finished my 2nd year of medical school, and to be able to have accomplished such a thing at one of the top programs in the nation is simply icing on the cake! It seems like only yesterday I was struggling to get myself into medical school.
I fvcking struggled, man! Now…I’m not going to sit here and talk about how I was raised in the ghetto as a poor black kid or anything like that because I wasn’t. But believe me, I do understand struggle. Struggle is wanting something so bad that’s not easily attainable and working hard to get it. Struggle is failing but not quitting. Struggle is really what has shaped–and continues to help shape–the person that I am and want to become. Okay, enough of that philosophical stuff! Let’s talk about more about my currently awesome muhfuckin’ life, shall we?
Finishing your 2nd year of medical school is so bittersweet
If you don’t know how medical school works, simply put, the first 2 years are all in the classroom and the last 2 years are all in hospitals/clinics. So it normally takes 4 years before you graduate and get your M.D. Get it? Awesome.
Let me continue: in 3rd year you have to do 6 core rotations before you can move onto 4th year. Those core rotations consist of Family Medicine, Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), Pediatrics, and Surgery. At my school (and most medical schools) you do these core rotations at different hospitals in the city/state your medical school is in. Still following me? Dope. So, again, at my school (and most medical schools) you don’t really get to choose the order you do your rotations in or where you do them–instead, you rank them and the school has a random lottery, which assigns you your order and locations. It usually works out well, but sometimes some people get screwed over by getting their last choices.
Lucky for me that wasn’t the case:
As you can see, my schedule is pretty awesome! I start with “Medicine,” which is more general, then I move on to OB/GYN, which I have NO INTEREST IN WHATSOEVER, so I get to get it out of the way ASAP. Anyway, you can read the rest. I’m happy with it. Also, my locations for all the rotations are extremely close to my apartment, so commuting on those late nights/early mornings/while on call/etc. won’t be so horrible!
Remember I said finishing 2nd year was bittersweet?
Well it is! It’s awesome to be progressing forward and slowly creeping toward the title of Doctor, but what sucks is that as a class we now separate from one another. I mean, we’ll see a few of us every now and then on different rotations, but it won’t ever be like it once was during the first 2 years. The second thing that sucks the most is studying for the USMLE Step 1 Exam! This is like the master of all tests. MCAT? What MCAT? The USMLE Step 1 Exam is the test that pretty much determines if you suck or not, haha. Seriously, though, it’s important, so for the next 6 weeks while I’m in this transition period between 2nd year and 3rd year I’ll be studying for said test. IT NEVER ENDS!
On a lighter note…
To avoid ending this blog post with depressing talk about tests, I’ll quickly and shamelessly plug how awesome Tufts University School of Medicine is. Tufts (and the every other medical school in the United States) just finished up Match Day on Friday, which is pretty much when every 4th year finds out what they’ll be doing for the rest of their lives, and Tufts did AMAZING as always. My school is known for matching 4th year students in some of the best residency programs across the nation every year, and this year was no different. To celebrate, my school holds an annual Gala for everyone to attend (doesn’t matter if you’re not a 4th year), and I had a great time in all black: