After completing the last group work session for Phase 1 yesterday, I felt an almost anti-climactic sentiment of sadness. The day ended on a fairly sweet note (but only because of the abundant amounts of chocolate and crisps), as I suddenly realized that my journey from now onwards involves exploring the relatively unknown territory of clinical medicine. As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed Phase 1 as it enabled me to grasp basic clinical concepts but also apply these to hypothetical clinical cases in group work.
The end of Phase 1 also marks the fact that I am closer in my pursuit to becoming a doctor. I feel thoroughly excited about everything that Phase 2 has in store – from interacting with patients on a daily basis to chancing upon rare clinical conditions that I am unfamiliar with. Whilst this will most certainly be unnerving, I also believe that I learn most from situations that are completely new to me.
With my first outblock in Peterborough, the excitement of discovering a new place coupled with the anticipation of starting clinical years makes me look forward to the next year. I also hope to enjoy my Christmas break with family and friends, as the clinical phase is undoubtedly going to be energy intensive and challenging. Hopefully, I can also revise whatever I have learnt over the past two and a half years to ensure it is still fresh in my memory and also reminisce some of the salient moments that have stayed with me throughout my pre-clinical years.