The One Where Fourth Year is Like Preschool

Today, I donned my bright blue raincoat and red rain boots and trekked out into a downpour on what would be my very last first-day of school. After 22 years of first-day jitters and picking out new outfits, my formal education is just one year away from its end, and I can’t even begin to believe it.


But this year, my fourth year of medical school seems to bear more resemblance to my first year of school, in preschool, than my most recent year of school, my third year, and here’s some examples of how:


Pre-school/Fourth Year:
Teacher / Clerkship Director: So I know that sitting still all morning is really tiring, so instead of going to noon conference, why don’t you play outside in the sun or take a nap for an hour?
Third Year:
Clerkship Director: All noon conferences are 100% mandatory, and we may or may not be taking attendance… you’ll never know.
PS/4th:
Allows you a leisurely wake-up at 8 AM, and maybe even a mid-day nap.
3rd:
Demands that you’re up before the crack of dawn and fully alert by 5 AM, and you sure as hell won’t be sleeping again until at minimum 10 PM.
PS/4th:
Who doesn’t love snack time?!
3rd:
Hmm… did you even eat lunch today?
PS/4th:
No exams, just simple projects to fill the time and allow you to fully explore your creativity.
3rd:
Oh yes, and on top of working 5 AM – 9 PM, we’d like you to study for an incredibly nit-picky 100 question national exam every 6 weeks. You’re welcome!
PS/4th:
Plenty of time to get to know your classmates, visit with family, and enjoy yourself with friends.
3rd:
What’s a friend?
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Happy Medical Mondays and happy June!


For my new visitors, I’m K, a brand-spanking-new fourth year medical student in the US, fresh out of my Step 2 boards-studying cave and still growing accustomed to the bright lights and free time on this side of third year. I’ve got plenty of new blog ideas and, now that Step 2’s over, plenty of time to put them together, so stay tuned. For now, take a look around (and maybe even subscribe or follow me on FB/Twitter), or hop on over to visit our lovely hostesses Emma and Jane to peruse some other fantastic medical blogs.

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6 thoughts on “The One Where Fourth Year is Like Preschool

  1. Thanks for linking up with Medical Mondays. I never would have guessed there would be so many similarities between MS4 and preschool – but you are right! Hope you adjust to the daylight with ease:-)

  2. Hah, wow. I wish our last years of med school were like preschool! I guess it’s different everywhere. Our first year was great. Second year was hell. So was third year. Actually, our fourth year was okay. But fifth and sixth = crazy.
    Have fun!

  3. This made me giggle. I just started my 4th year EM clerkship. Before the clerkship started, they asked us repeatedly whether or not we had any conflicts before they scheduled our shifts, and then in orientation they told us we could reschedule any shift as long as we gave them a little bit of notice. And then they apologized to us for being so strict about shift scheduling! Quite a change of pace from the 3rd year IM/surgery rotations 🙂

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