Recently I found that medical school culture is driven by “P equals MD” to a fault. Don’t get me wrong, being at a pass fail school is great since you only have to worry about passing and not getting a certain letter grade (I talked more about this in one of my other posts here). However sometimes I think this mindset sometimes leads to an environment where those who try to go above and beyond are criticized. I’ve seen people who are very active on campus or those who are straight killing the game academically get told (to their face and behind their back) that they’re being extra or doing too much (I’m sorry, but since when has being excellent turned into a bad thing?).
Currently I’m studying for the USMLE Step 1 exam which is the first of many board exams I’ll have to take. I had a conversation with a classmate about our goals and he told me that I was being too ambitious and didn’t need to score as high as I wanted for the speciality I want to go into. I let it go because I realized it was my fault for sharing too much (not every body needs to know your plans – discretion is key) but I still felt some residual worry that I was doing something wrong by trying to be the best I could be.
Anyways today @meikoandthedish (find her on instagram) posted the picture above and I couldn’t help but share. It served as a reminder that IT’S MORE THAN OKAY for myself and others to go try to go above and beyond. And regardless of what the status quo is, it’s okay to want to kill the game and it’s okay to be the best Trisha I can.
To all my medical school friends remember that we didn’t come here to be average. So whether it’s a block exam, anatomy practical, or even step 1, set your goals high and don’t be ashamed to do so. In fact being above average is what got you into medical school in the first place. To those of you in the step 1 struggle, here’s to surrounding yourself with encouraging positive study partners and achieving scores of 240 because we’re too great to settle for average, let’s strive for excellence.
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