Recently I discovered I have been experiencing an increasing amount of “Eureka!” moments in my daily learning experiences. Over the past two years, I crammed all of the physiology, biochemistry, and anatomy into my head that I could. Many times I felt overwhelmed by the amount of knowledge I was gaining and anxious about how much more I needed to learn.
However, I know that every day I’m growing and making massive strides towards becoming the best doctor I can. Even with such realizations, it can be easy to succumb to the feeling that maybe even my best is still not enough. However, when those little doubts begin to creep into my mind, I remind myself of just how far I’ve come and how much I do know.
Learning is a process. It is a challenge. And with challenges come growth. Each “Eureka!” moment serves as a guiding glimmer of hope that is leading me forward when I want so desperately to stay within my comfort zone. I know more than I give myself credit for knowing because I realize I am my own harshest critic. Yet, it is the crazy high standards I set for myself that have allowed me to achieve each of my goals I set.
As I continue to apply what I have learned in my first and second years of veterinary school to more clinical applications, I am able to begin to put my knowledge to use in a practical and gratifying way. It hasn’t been an easy road, and I know it will continue to be difficult, yet I will continue to cherish the moments when what I’ve learned starts to click in new ways and reminds me just how beautiful veterinary medicine and the process of learning truly is.