Zen and the Art of Thriving in the Clerkship Year of Medical School
You, as third year medical students, are all among the best learners on the planet. You had to be to get into this, or any other, medical school. Your academic prowess has been put to good use both prior to and in the first couple of years of med school. However, you are getting ready to start into the rest of your careers, when many, if not most, of those finely tuned academic and personal skills will not be as applicable to learning and working as clinical trainees nor, eventually, medical practitioners, as those skills have been in most of your prior educational experiences. Candidly, when I was making this same transition myself, over four decades ago, it took me a while, probably quite a while, to really come to grips with this transition. Between those days and now, I have spent quite a lot of time immersed in medical education, at every level from younger medical students to chief residents training in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. At each level of your education and training, you will have to sort out the best educational strategies for yourself.
I will note that I have mentioned a number of books in this essay, or at least shown pictures of their covers. I will forgo providing detailed information about those books, as they can very easily be found on-line by searching for them with their titles and the names of the authors, clearly visible in the pictures provided.
There are a number of other essays in the series that this essay is a part of. Those who would like to delve into other related essays may simply search on-line under: Curt Tribble, Heart Surgery Forum. There are more than 30 of these essays in this series, so far.