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Surviving 3rd Year of Medical School

I have cried more this year than any other year so far, fact. To say that I found year 3 difficult would definitely be an understatement, because it seriously drained me.

So when I checked my results and saw that I passed everything, I was too shocked to cry. All I could do was thank God because it was really a miracle that got me through those exams. Especially the written papers- the year 3 short answer paper still makes me cringe when I think of it.

On reflection, there are a couple of things I could have done differently to make this year a bit easier for myself…

1. Taking on a student job in the toughest year of med school, really, Tai? I did enjoy being a student caller, but I didn’t have to do as many shifts as I signed up for, and this was something that my boss only decided to tell me at the end of the campaign. Not so great.

2. Should’ve started revising earlier. I only really got into revision a couple of weeks before exams, so if I’d properly started over Easter like I’d planned, I would have been under less pressure towards the end.

3. Pastest is so much better than Pasmed for practise questions, and is so worth the money. I regret only getting it in June; so much wasted time!

4. Saying yes too much due to my fear of missing out (FOMO) cut into my revision time a lot. I need to bring back year 1 antisocial Tai during exams, because she was so much more on it.

5. Anatomy. And that’s all I have to say about that.

I’m sure there are other things I’ve missed out, but those are the main things I can think of for now. Ahh, 3rd year was definitely no joke, but it really made me trust in God’s will more, because I was comforted by the reminder that no matter what happened, He has a plan for my life.

My family and friends were also a great source of encouragement too, so I’m grateful to have them. Shout out to my housemates- from baking, to crappy TV (I genuinely enjoyed Love Island), to OSCE practise, and conversations in the kitchen, they have been so great, and I really don’t appreciate them enough.

Oh and before I forget: I was a really bad friend to someone who I really respect and count as one of my closest pals. So Samirah, here is another apology for the last day of term. It was really crap of me and I totally deserved your wrath.

So… yeah. My name is Taiwo and I’m a 4th year medical student. COOL.

P.S- I was recently informed that googling ‘manual handling’ has brought quite a few people in my year to this blog. I didn’t know what to say to that, and I still feel a bit awkward about it to be honest, but hi guys! Thanks for stopping by, I guess?

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I CAN SLEEP IN PEACE AGAIN

I still have the page open because it might stop being real if I go off it, but it’s been over 12 hours later and it still hasn’t changed. Exam results have been released…

Year 1 Results

… I passed everything. Written papers, OSCEs, SSS, Portfolio and Analytical Review. HALLELUJAH!

I didn’t realise how scared I was of not passing until just before I opened my results. I was more anxious than last year, which makes no sense because there was no chance for retakes in foundation year, but it’s possible to retake assessments from year 1 onwards.

I guess I’ve always doubted whether or not I’m actually good enough to be on the course, as passing foundation year didn’t reassure me much. I now know how silly I was for not believing in myself or trusting God- His plans for my future are far greater than I could imagine; so far they’ve led me on the path of becoming a doctor, and I need to stop worrying about whether or not it will all work out. Jesus, take the wheel!

I feel like a massive weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I can freely enjoy the rest of the summer holidays. From now on, I’ll try not to doubt myself so much, and to be more confident in my abilities. Note to future self: Philippians 4:13.

Finally, all I have to say is bring on Year 2! 🙂