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Second off, if you are new to the med school game, we want to hear how you're doing and how your first year is and what your fears, worries, concerns, hopes and favorite colors are. We want to know it all, so bring it on. There's nothing we enjoy more here than dishing out advice and reliving our MS1 days.
As for me, my husband is in his first year of residency. We attended medical school in Pennsylvania and now, two babies later, we're back in Texas. Folks, coming out the other side, I can say that there are so many things that I miss about medical school! Namely, my girls' group of medical peeps- they were our family for those four years, spending holidays together and doing showers and grilling out and general shenanigans.
My number one piece of advice for entering medical school is to not hold back. Don't let yourself have the mindset of, let's just get this over with. Live in your new city like it's where you'll be until you die- not just a place you have to survive for four years. I wept and grieved when we left Pennsylvania but I was glad that I could- I was thankful that we had formed such deep relationships and really lived while we were there.
I'll update soon about residency (which I'm quite happy with, despite the fact that my husband is working only 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. shifts this entire month) and the beauty of that first paycheck. (Small but sweet).