In the first week of M3, I have already learned that this year will be MUCH different than the previous two years of medical school. At the end of each rotation we take a “shelf” exam over common topics in that rotation, so while we might not be sitting in a classroom, we do still need to read and study.
When a patient comes in, I go take a history and physical, report to the team, and write a note. THIS is why I came to medical school! I am loving third year so far!
However, what has become blatantly obvious in the past few days is that no book or lecture can teach compassion, empathy, or the right words for a suffering family. That comes strictly from spending time with your patients. There is SO much to learn this year.