Jesse started his third year of medical school on Tuesday. Third year. Can we just stop and let that sink in please? I cannot believe we’re already halfway through medical school. Which means we’ve only got two years to go before Jesse graduates! Man, how time flies!
Second year was by far the hardest year of schooling thus far, for both of us, and we’re so thankful it’s behind us now! Jesse took his Step 1 board exam on May 27th which is the big 8-hour exam all medical students are required to take between second and third year. Step 1 is a big factor in which Residency program you can apply for, i.e. better score makes you more qualified for a more competitive program, if that’s what you’re interested in. Jesse, just like all his other classmates, have studied for it for months on end, sometimes pulling 12 hour study days on top of classes.
Based on the day he took his Step 1, he then got two weeks off for a summer break. In that time, we flew to Seattle to spend a little time with my family, then I flew home to work and Jesse flew on to Idaho to spend time with his family. It was a short but much needed break for Jesse.
(Picture: His class had a “Welcome to Third Year Dinner” at a fancy restaurant in the area)
Now, Jesse has rotations to look forward to for the coming year. He’ll rotate through all the major programs and get significant patient interaction, which is much better than lecture work! Each rotation is about 10 weeks long and he’ll be exposed to all parts of each program, which allows the students to get a better feel of what different specialties are like and what is required. He’ll be doing everything from Family Medicine in a private clinic to OB-GYN and delivering babies to scrubbing in for surgeries – This is the fun stuff, this is the time when the students finally get to see what being a physician is all about.
Here’s to Third Year!!