>Some love for the MS2s
>I have seen a few posts as of late from fellow med student bloggers who are feeling rather run down and stressed, that they are not learning anything they will actually use or that they can remember, that the overwhelming flow if information is becoming….well…overwhelming.
Having been there, I can honestly say, hang in there, it WILL get better. If feel like you are forgetting everything, it’s okay. You’re going to hear it all again 2 or 3 more times before you graduate, at least the important stuff. If you don’t hear it again, then hey, it was never really all that important in the first place. And, it DOES start to stick after a while, especially when you get onto the wards and can starting putting a face with the disease. But realize, your goal in medical school is not to have all this stuff memorized. Really. Its about laying a foundation for your lifelong continuing education. Med school, especially the first two years, establishes the framework for filling in the details that you will learn during your residency and onwards. So please, if you feel lost, I promise it will start to come together soon. Studying for USMLE step 1 was the first time I started to feel that. So use that as something to look forward to about your studying, a chance to link a few things together, make a few connections.
So my advice, relax a little and don’t feel bad about doing it. Do your best to learn all the details, but don’t feel bad when you don’t remember them all. Nobody does, except for that one guy, and really, none of us want to be that guy now do we? And remember, third year is only a few months away, and its going to be awesome (really hard, but also really awesome). So buck up champ, make those flashcards, and remember, now matter how sucky your day is, its still ten times than the real life jobs all your friends are slaving away at.