Hi everyone, I just got my 3rd year schedule, and I am starting off with medicine. I am currently thinking that I want to enter a surgical field, but medicine is still a definite possibility. My question is - what have other students' experiences been with taking medicine first? On the one hand, I feel like my knowledge base will be really high coming fresh off of step 1, but on the other, I feel like I might jumping into the deep end without knowing how to swim. Also, in your experience, what does it take to do well on the medicine shelf exam if medicine is the first rotation? I'm obviously going to work really hard while on medicine, both because it is one of the most important clerkships and because it will hopefully give me a solid base for the rest of the year. FYI, my overall schedule is: 1) Internal Med 2) Psych ***2 weeks of electives*** 3) Surgery ***2 weeks of winter break*** 4) Pediatrics ***4 weeks of electives*** 5) Ob/Gyn ***3 weeks of electives*** 6) Family Medicine Thanks for the help!