As many of my “type A” classmates would agree, one of the most difficult parts of the second year of PA school, and our careers in the future, is coming to terms with the fact that you will not know everything. Although we have each put countless hours into studying (and not sleeping), it is important to realize the career we have chosen fosters a continuous learning experience. As in all fields of medicine, no one will always know everything, and the guidelines, innovative techniques, and first-line treatments will always be changing. As I have learned I will not always know everything, I have also learned it is important to keep learning and keep reading, as it will continue to be important throughout our careers. Also, have confidence in what you do know, because you will also soon learn you know a lot more than you think you do. However, also be at peace with not knowing all the answers to the questions your preceptors ask you, but let that drive you to continue to learn.

-Caroline R