Me: See, my problem is I don’t know how legitimately nervous I should be about the clinical year starting in January. And I have a feeling the upperclassmen would be like “You shouldn’t be nervous AT ALL”
Jill: – well, that’s their response to everything
Me: – right, but… I’m not being unreasonable, am I? The thought that we start clinical rotations in 5 months is scary, right?
Jill: YES. WE SHOULD BE NERVOUS. We should be REALLY, REALLY NERVOUS.
Me: Oh, wow, that was vehement. Thank you. The problem is most schools take Step 1 before going on the wards – and we take Step 1 after. So we’ll have no preparation for this at all.
Jill: No, the problem is that the “Step 1 first vs. 3rd year first” thing is a paradox.
Me: … A paradox?
Jill: Other med students always say “The whole point of taking Step 1 before 3rd year is to make sure you’re ready for the wards!”
Jill: But then they also say “Plus, doing 3rd year first isn’t going to improve your eventual Step 1 score. That’s a lie your school tells you – Step 1’s totally different from 3rd year.” But both statements can’t be true.
Me: … You are a wise person.
Jill: I wish there was some way to ask med students at other schools about this.