As someone who is in the first year of medical school, this scares me.
I can safely say that I was dumbest person by far in my class.
Even now among my PGY-1 resident class, my four other co-interns run circles around me.
You will be okay. Use board resources to help teach yourself the high-yield content. I regretted only following my school's curriculum.
Eh….medicine is a highly competitive field but it is also highly rewarding. You can just set up a clinic somewhere and earn like 50$ per hour. Compare that to (say) a career in physics or astronomy, we can’t afford 3 meals a day.
Tbf, on a resident physician salary
, you don't earn a whole lot.
Also, not sure how compensation will be in the future with all of these midlevels engaging in scope creep, and if the US moves further into socialized medicine. I still think as an FP, I'll be all right however. My goal is to settle at my permanent practice location within 5 years of finishing residency/fellowship, so I can establish myself, build my patient panel, and sit on that till I finally retire.
It's ruthlessly competitive in medicine. The Match this past year was a ****ing bloodbath.
So many of my friends and significant other are also in medical and I've seen how much it affects them and what a grueling process it is. I just want to say, since you've made it to residency, and that's not an easy feat. I'm sure you definitely deserve the title, and always in awe of all the people that manage to pull through all these years of rigourous study for med
God knows a 4 year engineering course is enough for me
Well, the best med students in my school worked waaay harder
than me, and were so much more naturally brighter. However, in retrospect, I guess I did study for several hundred pages of content every 2 weeks, rinse and repeat, for the first two years. I did pass two 8 hour board exams, even if my scores were ****. I never failed any of my shelf exams during 3rd and 4th years. I did Match into residency.
All those things should mean I deserve some grace, but...meh. There's so much info overload that sometimes my brain fogs and forgets just the basics.
I have 2.5 years left in residency. I know I'm not going to know everything, but I want to learn and know enough to handle the bread and butter, and fallback on referrals for anything I don't know how to handle (which I can later learn as an attending through CMEs or consult notes).
Wishing you all the best man. I’m sure if you’ve gotten this far you can complete it. Remember even if you’re the worst doctor in your class, you’re still a doctor. That’s seriously impressive
I'll admit, when I found out I Matched back in March, and then later during Spring graduation ceremony wearing the green and black doctoral robes, those two days were....cathartic.