Excel In Medical School
Efficient study skills are the first thing you’ll need to excel in medical school. Your first two years will be packed with so much information it will make your head spin. Keep calm and prioritize your schedule. If you feel like you can miss certain lectures so that you can concentrate on another course, by all means go ahead. Don’t think you can miss all your lectures and study by yourself, though. You can’t do everything on your own.
Yes, there’s so much to learn and so little time. Don’t worry if you can’t remember every lecture you’ve attended. The point is to keep up and do as well as you can. The important topics will be reinforced throughout medical school. By the time you graduate, you’ll know what you need to get to the next level.
If you’re starting to fall behind, consider working with a tutor or joining a study group. Sometimes you need a little help. A tutor or a study group can give you the support you need to keep up with your classes. It’s also a good opportunity to talk to people who are in the same situation and see how they juggle their schedules.
You must be aware of your school/life balance. Too much studying can burn you out. Take time out to visit with friends or go home to see your family. There is a life besides medical school. Cultivating friendships will help you cope with the stress of medical school.
By the time you’re in your third year of med school, you’re beginning to work with patients and explore career paths. Embrace this time in your academic career. You will be learning from different doctors about different areas in medicine. This is your time to figure out the specialization that most interests you if you haven’t already decided.
If you’re doing a clerkship or a subinternship, make the most of it. The work won’t always be satisfying, but remember this is yet another step to becoming the doctor that you want to be.
Do everything to the best of your ability and people will start to take notice. Remember that your fourth year is the time to apply for residencies and some of the doctors you work with in your third and fourth year can provide you with a great recommendation letter.
The residency interview process can be a stressful time. Prepare yourself by knowing what programs interest you and the benefits they provide. Preparation will always make you less nervous during the interview.
Pretty soon Match Day will be just around the corner and finally graduation. Even though it’s not all over yet, the skills you cultivated in medical school will be useful in your residency and beyond.