“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” Socrates
Many people in the medical field can relate to being drilled with questions during rounds in the clinic and the hospital. Many times you find yourself just trying to survive with a good evaluation before the start of the next clinical rotation. Training in the medical field can include countless hours engaging in learning with the use of the Socratic method. This line of questioning entails being asked questions in a manner to stimulate thinking in a major way and to question automatic assumptions. One of my lessons related to the quote involves changing my study methods. At the start of medical school, there was a fear of failure so strong that I forced myself to avoid taking enough study breaks. I didn’t learn my best study style method until the later part of my first year in medical school. For some reason, I started listening to lecture recordings, and I was then able to do a better job of retaining information. At that point I thought to myself, “How did I go so long without even realizing I didn’t know this about myself”. Learning became less tedious and more enjoyable when I realized I’m more of an auditory learner instead of a visual learner.