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Connecting the Dots Throughout Medical School

By Kesha Baxi
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever" -- Steve Jobs

This quote is one of many that can describe the hard rigors of medical school training. When you are constantly studying hour after hour, day after day, time becomes a blur and sometimes the end goal becomes fuzzy. You feel that you are simply doing tasks that become “dots” on a timeline. You know that you need to understand the anatomy, pass the practicals, and trust that the work you do will get you to the next level of training. But there is never enough time to learn everything or know everything. This is when you have to trust….whatever it may be. Trust that the hours of work you put in are making you a more competent person and somehow things will come together in the years that are to come.

Take a moment to reflect on your life and connect the dots so far. Look at the work that you put in and see how far you have come. Nothing was easy at the time…but looking back you can see without those challenges or obstacles you would not be here today. Trust that one day when you look back it will all suddenly make sense and you will appreciate every dot. In the meantime, inspire yourself to success!

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