Third year is very different to 1st and 2nd…it is so SO much better! It is a little exhausting at first and it doe stake some time for you to adjust to being on your feet the whole morning for a ward round but it’s so much more interesting when you can actually meet the patients that you’re learning about. It’s a lot more practical so you learn a lot by speaking to patients and simply being present on the ward or in a clinic rather than having your head in a book.
We have a similar thing to PBL called TCD (Themed Case Discussion) on a weekly basis to regulate the learning and make sure we’ve all got the same foundations. The great thing about TCD is that we’re given all the information in an online learning package, there’s no need to go out and hunt it like you have to for PBL.
I know near the end of 2nd year I was starting to feel a bit ugh, but in third year you finally feel like you’re properly studying Medicine and it’s amazing! By far my favourite year of medical school so far and I don’t think anyone will disagree with me!
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