It has been a long, hot summer thus far, at least here in Texas. Many 100+ degree days; and the humidity has been higher than typical. When you live in the South, you kind of prepare yourself for the “dog days of summer.” Knowing that the temperatures will be outrageous for most of June, July, August, and September. You must be in it for the long haul.
I am reminded of how the premed journey is a lengthy and rigorous one. Students aspiring to join the medical profession must be in it for the long haul just like Southerners must realize that the heat is going to be around for a while. Premeds need to be prepared for what amounts to lots of studying, test-taking, long hours in the clinic, and the lengthy process of getting ready to serve patients. This takes many years. Four (or more) of undergraduate studies, four years of medical school, three to seven years of residency, and additional training in a fellowship if you end up wanting to specialize or subspecialize.
Premed students need to be clear on the commitment they are making to this lengthy path. To the long haul. Hopefully, you have examined your motivations and are secure that this journey is the right one for you. Also, you should have scrutinized your goals for the future and the resolve that you have to make that future a reality. Finally, make sure that you collect the necessary tools (time management and study skills, for example) to make the journey manageable.
But, you know, summer is hot, but it is also lots of fun. There are many enjoyable activities that we have during the summer months…like swimming and boating. In the same way, I hope that the path you trod toward your career goal of medicine is one filled with fun! You will meet new friends who you will probably have for the rest of your life. There will also be the satisfaction that you are meeting the needs of people in your community.
The challenge for this week is to PREPARE FOR THE LONG JOURNEY AND ENJOY IT!