I can’t believe that M1 year is winding down… it seems like just yesterday we were all sitting in Cells and Tissues lectures, turning to our new classmates and trying to learn everyone’s names and where they are from. By now, we’ve all sunk into our rhythms, have found our niches, and in only a few weeks we will be rising M2s. I think we will all be feeling that quite saliently this week — Thursday is the start of Second Look Weekend! I will never forget when I came to take my second look at Michigan and immediately knew that I had found my people and my home. It has been so much fun to be on the other side of the table now, preparing for a record number of M0s to step through our doors to see everything we have to offer here. I remember how helpful all of the current M2s were in answering my questions and making me feel right at home last year when I visited, so I’m really excited to have the opportunity to pass that favor on to the next round of Second Lookers… For anyone who is reading this and getting ready to head our way this weekend for SLW, just know that we WILL convince you within minutes that this is the best medical school out there. 🙂 That’s the Michigan Difference!
Our current sequence, Infectious Diseases, has been a wonderful way to send this year out with a bang. Yes, we do have two short sequences left after we finish up ID, but it kind of feels like this is the home stretch, in some ways. ID is traditionally quite a challenging sequence, which feels much more like a M2 sequence than M1 because of the intense amount of information presented to us and the abundant clinical relevance of everything we are learning. I am loving it, so far. The professors are excellent, the schedule of daily required small groups is intense, but gets me going to lecture regularly again and forces you to keep on top of the material. I even pulled off a Friday quiz for the first time in two months this weekend! And, although there is a bit of whining about required classes every day, I know that most of my classmates are also thrilled to have the opportunity to see each other so much again! It can be really easy to lose track of the streamers in some of the lecture-heavy sequences, especially with this past winter being so rough. I love getting to spend time with big groups of M1s again on a daily basis — they’re not half bad. 🙂
I would be remiss if I didn’t leave you with at least a taste of the amazing trip that 20 of us took over Spring Break, a couple weeks ago. We rented a wonderful house on the west coast of Florida and enjoyed five days of fun and relaxation on the beach. Exactly what I needed to regenerate before ID! Picture proof:
This weekend I am enjoying some time in Boston, visiting my family and gearing up to watch the 2014 Boston Marathon tomorrow. So happy that spring is finally here!