Confused, frustrated, terrified, overworked and under-appreciated are some of the ways
graduating medical students remember their clinical year of school in their letters of advice
to incoming clerkship students.
Honored, grateful, surprised, shocked and amazed are some others.
After spending a year primarily in a classroom setting, students plunge into
the clinical realm, working with patients under the supervision of residents and attending
physicians. They cover all the medical blocks and often decide their specialty area this year.
To prepare incoming students, many graduating medical students take a moment
to write a letter imparting advice and wisdom to help ease the transition.