I’m a fourth year medical student now. Wow. Well, my fellow third years who are reading this — there is truly a light at the end of the tunnel. Now, I am actually maxing out my anxiety quotient because I’m preparing my application, but otherwise, fourth year is just nice. Why? You finally get to do things that you enjoy, and all of your clerkships understand and support this. For example, I am on neuroradiology right now, and the residents go out of their way to pull up images that are relevant to what I will be studying. That’s awesome.
I’ve finished my sub-internship for the specialty I will be choosing. It was stressful but I learned so much. It still surprises me when I am actually able to answer questions for third year students rotating through. I was in that spot only a few months ago! I’m also geared up for some away rotations I’ll be participating in in the upcoming months. I’m excited because I am forever restless, and I look forward to just living somewhere else for a while.
Things I’ve been enjoying lately as a fourth year:
1. Reading — I have time to read for fun! This always makes me happy. I’ve been inhaling books as fast as I can, both on audio and on my kindle. Check out my goodreads to see what I’ve been up to and feel free to friend me! I love finding new reading friends. I was on a classics kick for a while. Now I’m just trying to make a dent in my “to-read” list… starting with American Gods by Neil Gaiman, which has been on my to read list for more than 5 years… sadly. But hey, I’m making progress!
2. Podcasts! — I’m truly embracing my auditory learning style more. It was something I struggled with throughout medical school, especially the first two years, because everything here caters so much to those visual learners. I can do visual but I’m much better with auditory (maybe that’s why I picked the specialty I’m going into… ;) ). I also am weird in that I enjoy listening to certain voices. So I’ve been listening to a ton of podcasts. Some of my favorites at the moment: Happier with Gretchin Rubin (easy to implement tips to make your life less stressful), Invisibilia (really interesting insights into human behavior; I can’t wait for it to come back!), All the Books! (best of the new releases). I might actually make a whole post about my current favorite podcasts.
3. Healthier? — Okay. If you’ve been following, you know that I have an autoimmune disease. Well, it’s been eight years, and my doctor has finally pulled me off of my last medication (mycophenolate) as of a few weeks ago. What. Now, this isn’t permanent because I have to give him some blood to see how I do, but still. I seriously don’t think I ever thought I’d get this point!
Another thing thing is I’ve been trying to be… well, healthier. I’m cooking now (this is also to try to save money…). I’m going to the pool to read/listen to podcasts (note: I am so paranoid about skin cancer so DON’T WORRY, I wear too much sunblock, but I am finally in “normal” vitamin D levels). I’m actually running every now and then. All these things? Happiness.
4. Cleaning and organizing — This is my #medstudent personality coming out. I’m in the process of overhauling and cleaning my apartment. One of my roommates just moved out, and before the new girl comes in, I’m trying to clean my space. There’s just something so therapeutic about sweeping, doing laundry, vacuuming, etc. It’s a slow process, but I’m enjoying the progress. I’ve also been cleaning out my closet, and every little thing I have sold on eBay makes me so excited. Yay for making a very tiny dent in my loans!