The Beginning of Medical School

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Only two months stand between myself and the first day of medical school. How am I feeling about it right now? Well, it’s really a combination of excitement and nervousness. I’m glad this day has finally arrived. I’m starting a new career path, but at the same time, there is a certain degree of mystery as to what medical school will be like. I have heard many mixed reactions and they usually all relate to the enjoyment of the experience, the intensity of the program, the sleepless nights and other ups and downs of medical student life.

I have no doubt that becoming a physician is the right path for me. Four years ago -when my younger brother almost died from toxic shock syndrome- I realized that I was meant to become a doctor. It was a crystallizing moment that made me reexamine my previous life experiences in a completely different way. This awakening ended up in abandoning the financial career path that I was headed down. I earned my bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting, passed my CPA exam, and planned to continue my career in investment banking or private equity. This is certainly not the “typical” pathway for somebody entering medical school, but I think it gives me a different and broader perspective not only when going through medical school, but also when embarking on a career as a physician. My interests and experience in the world of business and entrepreneurship will create a fascinating intersection with the world of health and medicine, and perhaps this will allow me to contribute on something meaningful and unique, especially on issues surrounding the current state of healthcare and its costs.

At the same time, I am really excited start medical school at a time when an enormous amount of technological changes are afoot. The important technological developments in the world of health and medicine are improving accessibility and changing how healthcare is being delivered. It is, without a doubt, an exciting time to be a medical student with a business background, and I am confident that there will be change just within the four years I will be in school.

Over the past four years, I have been working towards the goal of entering medical school. Now that I have arrived at this point, the transition seems a little daunting. Most of my anxiety lies in the unknown. When thinking about my undergraduate university experience and my post-baccalaureate pre-medical experience, I realize that there are some little pieces of advice and wisdom that I wish that somebody had told me before I started. Nevertheless, I now understand each student has his or her own unique encounters. I recognize that there are certain things you just cannot describe properly until you have experienced them for yourself; I would therefore love to hear from you, the readers: what do you wish you had known before you started? Any advice or words of wisdom?

Photo credit: Adrian Clark