The Rundown | Fourth Semester of Medical School

This semester has been, by far, the most stressful few months of my entire life. I can easily talk about my courses (and I will) but I also really want to talk about the uphill battle that I’ve been fighting in order to stay afloat in school and within. To my fellow med students, make sure that you are well. Mental heath is very important and sometimes, it’s ok to say “no…I need to sleep.”

This semester, my courses consisted of Endocrine, Repro, and GI. In January, I was so excited to get on top of everything and start studying for boards and just be an amazing A student. I started using quizlet again which made studying on the go very easy. I started waking up early and staying up late. And it was working. I was doing well and I was “retaining” but about mid-semester, I felt my body giving out.

People might give different advice on how to study for boards/class but I’m giving you mine from my experience. Disclaimer out of the way. My grades took a bit of a hit. I was still passing but I wasn’t the amazing A student that I wanted to be. I knew this was happening and let it happen because of boards.

I will say, however, that we have FANTASTIC professors and when it comes time to do questions or review for those three courses, I don’t really miss any points so I know that I absorbed it, even though m grades don’t show it.

I loved Repro the most and I learned so much. I don’t know that I would consider it as a speciality (because of the hours) but I am so excited about my OB/GYN rotation next year.

One strategy that I used throughout the semester was making sure that I finihsed all of my tasks before going to bed. That’s hard. Really hard. I would push myself until I literally couldn’t do anymore instead of getting in bed and getting on Instagram. Some nights I did fall one or two tasks short but, on a whole, I was very proud of myself.

I have just under two months left and I still have so much to do but I’m hoping that this fire in me that has pushed me through this very trying semester will continue to push me until I cross the finish line.

Thanks for reading lovelies. Keep me in your prayers as I prepare for boards on June 28! XX!

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