6th Year MSTP
University of Michigan
Post #6 of the "Back to the Wards" series focusing on the transition from
research years back to the medical school and clinical rotations.
It’s hard to believe I’m already at post #6 in this series. I’ve been
averaging about one each month, which means that almost half a year has gone by.
In that time I’ve done a lot of things to prepare me for my return to the
medical school! I’ve scheduled a dissertation defense, written a dissertation
(only edits and formatting left…), and worked with two different internal
medicine attendings to try to remember how to be a medical student. Believe it
or not, I think that the last item on that list has been the most anxiety
provoking. Something I can tell you for sure, however, is that it really does
come back. Something else I can tell you is that apparently anything can feel
normal after you try it a few times. If you had told me just a few weeks ago
that I would casually walk up to one of the nursing stations in University
Hospital, have someone help me identify a patient, and then take a reasonably
competent history and perform a slow and imperfect, but adequate physical exam,
I would have laughed at you. If you had said that I would attempt to present
this information to an attending I would have cried. So take heart, whether you
are simply making the transition from the pre-clinical years to working on the
wards, or you are working to regain the skills you had before a break, because
it all really does come back.