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Favorite Things Final

…Ah, the eruption of Mount M4-Year, marking my final days in medical school (The Last Days of Pompeii, painted by Karl Briullov (1799-1852) in 1833)…

I know I said I wouldn’t be writing this week, but I could not help but attend today with a quick post.  Today marks my LAST DAY ON THE WARDS AS A JUNIOR MEDICAL STUDENT.

[Hang on a second…I have to retrieve myself a hanky to properly mark the occasion… OK, we’re good.]

Oh, I can still remember the unbridled anxiety which bore down on me that very first day of M3 year clerkships (I started on OB/Gyn, of course – only one of the most awkward and tempestuous rotations all around), way back last July.  I can still remember a few weeks later, when I finally started to feel comfortable, to come into my educational and supportive role.  I can still remember the first time I made a difference – a real difference – for a struggling patient, and how the realization that I could help changed me in an incredible, but intangible way.  I can still remember the first time I felt confident making clinical decisions, when I began to feel competent, useful even.  I can recall starting and growing through and finishing each and every one of the rotations I’ve been so privileged to take part in this year – the joys, the frustrations…the stories. It’s been a ride in every sense.

[Excuse me – I must sniffle a little, clutch at the nearest human in emotional rhapsody…alright, nose clean, moment squeezed.]

So, here’s to my third year of medical school – the most daunting and exciting and disappointing and thrilling and fulfilling – and yes, favorite – of my life thus far. Here, too, is to my fourth and final year of medical school, beginning next week after I take my medicine shelf. May it replace this year as my favorite in it’s own time.

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2 comments on “Favorite Things Final

  1. happy last day, happy future

    • mullberrywhine
      June 23, 2012

      Thank you so much – now I just need a happy study weekend – and a happy shelf score – to complete this academic year! 😉

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