As I FINISHED 3RD YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL.
I cannot wrap my mind properly around that concept. I am just starting a nice, long vacation, but I had to go out of town immediately after taking my shelf test, so it isn't really real that I don't have to go back to work as soon as I get home. And beyond that, it isn't real that I don't have any more shelf exams, and that the pressure is generally much lower in almost every way.
But not to fear. I will still have plenty of things to complain about, because what I DO have starting me in the face is:
1. My university's clinical skills exam (standardized patients)
2. Step 2 CK (step 2 of the boards, the written part)
3. Step 2 CS (step 2 of the boards, the standardized patient part)
4. And most terrifyingly... RESIDENCY APPLICATIONS, INTERVIEWS and MATCHING!!
In any case, I will try to gather my thoughts about 3rd year as I max it and relax it. Too bad I have about three months worth of real life work which has accumulated over my past few rotations. Until then, may you know the joy of a well-earned vacation and the satisfaction of using it to catch up on Little House on the Prairie episodes. Oh, Pa...