Wow… It is hard to believe that nearly a year has gone by since we began this program, and what a year it has been. When we started, we were all strangers. We hailed from different areas across the country and were from all walks-of life, but we all found common ground in our love of medicine and passion for helping others. Learning to practice medicine is an incredible responsibility and is filled with challenges. I often found myself taking comfort in the the fact that I was surrounded by a group of like-minded individuals, and that we were all weathering the same storm together.

I would like to offer this advice to the incoming class: you are no longer studying to ace the test, which is no-doubt what lead to you being here in the first place. Take a breath, you made it, this is no longer a competition. Instead, you are studying so that one day the knowledge you acquire can be applied to better the lives of your patients. This idea may seem obvious, but it is easy to forget when you spend countless hours trying to digest the massive volume of material that is presented. Your class is no-doubt filled with incredibly intelligent individuals bursting with talent: capitalize on that. Everyone will bring something valuable to the table, and the more you learn to trust and rely on one-another, the better your experience will be. It is important to take time for yourself and especially your loved ones. Being this busy definitely takes it’s toll on relationships and I would be remised if I didn’t thank my wonderful wife for all of her support.