I attempt to use my time during the day to study and actively learn while I am with patients.
I ask questions about things I don’t understand and during downtime I’ll read the quick explanations necessary to help me to stay up with the team.
First year I dated I had fun during the time that I could manage to spare and second year I lost a lot of myself and my freedoms while buried in the books.
Christen Johnson is a fourth-year medical student from Columbus, Ohio, pursuing a MD and MPH from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.She is currently an Ohio Health Physician Diversity Scholar and was a Dr. Satcher MD Ph D Research Fellow during the 2015-2016 year.In terms of searching for the right person to date, the doctors aren’t often considered to be a good catch.At first, this seems rather logical that dating doctors could be hard provided that their long hours and dedication to their patients that take a toll on their time.
Most of us would go home and take a nap or exercise or something until 6, 7, or even 8 PM and then bring our dinners to find a cozy room alone and study. I guess I’m starting to find out that while third-year has its own stresses, it’s own hours, and it’s own expectations, I have some evenings free and I’m learning what it is to be human again.
We used to call our Friday nights in White Hall, the building that our medical school classes are held in, date night because that’s pretty much what it was.