The first two years of medical school are very similar to your days in undergrad… a lot of learning and studying but not a lot of patient contact. Many schools do try and incorporate patient contact on a bimonthly or monthly basis which is great but it is nothing like 3rd year when you have direct contact with patients on a daily basis. This is what a typical day for a 3rd year may look like:

  • 5:30 am – alarm rings, meaning I have to get up and get dressed or I won’t get to the hospital on time.
  • 6:15 am – Walk over to the hospital (benefits of living close to the hospital).
  • 6:30 am – Start pre-rounding (which means see my patients before the resident and the attending). I have 4 patients to see and write up my preliminary notes on them.
  • 8:00 am – There are morning rounds where the residents teach the interns and medical students using patient cases.
  • 9:00 am – Meet up with everyone to start rounding. So this means there is a 4th year medical student, an intern, 2nd year resident, a fellow, and the attending. We go to see my patient first which means that I am nervous the whole walk over the patient’s room. I present the patient and tell the team what I think we should do. We discuss for a little bit and then go in to see the patient.
  • 10:30 am – We continue to round…
  • 11:30 am – And then we round on our patients some more…
  • 12:30 pm – My stomach is growling and the attending at this point says that the medical students and residents can go get some lunch. She and the fellow will continue seeing patients.
  • 1:30 pm – We meet back up and continue to see patients.
  • 2:00 pm – There is a new consult so the fellow asks who would like to see the patient. I take up the patient because we discharged one of my patients.
  • 3:00 pm – I have seen the patient and am writing up my note. I page the fellow to let him know and he tells me they will meet me at the patient’s room.
  • 3:30 pm – We see my new patient and discuss the plan of action. We walk over to the conference suite because there will be a lecture today.
  • 5:00pm – Conference ends and my attending says she will see me tomorrow.