For most of this site’s readers, first year of med school is well in the past. You’ve moved on from the monotony of books and PowerPoints to the revelation of actual cases. You see the subtle connections between text and reality, develop pattern recognition, and learn how medicine actually works. If you entered medical school expecting to heal the world, your perspective these days is probably a bit more cynical. But no matter how distant those pre-clinical years may seem, you have an absolutely massive bank of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology knowledge. You worked hard to get where you are, and you’re a better healthcare provider for it.
Then there are those of us who come to med school not from college, but from other medical fields: often nursing and EMS. In our prior careers, we skipped the basic science of the pre-clinical years and…just kinda started doin’ stuff.