Medical school studying is not like college studying. Most of us succeeded at college by cramming just before exams. But that technique won’t work in med school. There is just too much information coming your way and it’s coming fast. Miss a lecture or two whether in person or online and it’s hard to catch up and keep up.
To succeed in medical school, you have to be prepared. These four and half years ( five and half years in some cases ) are going to be sleep-depriving, exhausting, stressful and humbling – but at the end, they will be tremendously rewarding. There will be times when you doubt whether you will make it through, but with a lot of determination and some help, you will.
Here is our tips for medical school success:
Medical School Success : You goal – the focus
At medical school you will need to dedicate all your time and channelize all your energies into learning and studying to be a doctor. Any vacation time you get while in medical school should be used to do more research, shadow doctors in clinics or study for your boards. When it all gets too much, remember that you have a goal at the end and that is to become a qualified doctor. All your hard work is not for nothing; you will be hugely rewarded at the end of it all.
Medical School Success : Keep away from distractions
Medical school is about study, study and more study. Avoid social networking as that is a definite distraction, as renting DVDs. Obviously some ‘chill out’ time will be needed but your main focus should be your goal to become a doctor, and you should let nothing or nobody distract you from this.
Medical School Success : Manage Stress
Stress and medical studies are synonymous. Attending classes and passing exams will take over your life completely. Do not neglect sleep, eating or exercise. Very importantly, be in touch with those you love. It can help in easing stress levels. Spend time with people from outside the medical field. It can prove to be therapeutic and give you a different perspective on life.
Medical School Success : Find out your strengths
Exams tend to motivate some students whilst others will just get stressed by them. Stress is not going to help you in any way, so get rid of it and find different ways of structuring your learning. You know your strengths, what works for you and what doesn’t. Use this to create a study schedule that works best for you and does not stress you out.
Medical School Success : Peer group learning
Collaborative learning definitely has its pros and cons. Some students learn better through debate and discussion. If this is the case with you, find like-minded students and learn in the best manner possible. Set up deadlines with peers and tutors. It will help you in reaching your goals better.
Medical School Success : Embrace professionalism
Always look professional. That’s how a doctor is expected to be. There are times when students are graded down specifically on the basis of their attire or demeanor. If you want others to believe you in a particular role, you need to look the part.
Medical School Success : Book to practice
If patients and practical application of knowledge works for you, the bookwork involved in medicine might be rather difficult to digest. Think about possible practical applications. Look at case studies and shadow senior doctors. See as many patients as you can and then research about those conditions. It will help in linking learning and understanding.
Medical School Success : Network with other doctors
Make an effort to network during your time off. Meet doctors and eminent people in the field. Volunteer at their clinics and shadow them. The letter of recommendations that these doctors give you will prove to be invaluable in your fourth year. In medicine, the people you know and their opinion about you matters a lot.
American International Medical University (AIMU) is an institutional partner of Washington Medical Science institute and the Government of Saint Lucia. AIMU’s US Campus /Clinical Admin is centrally located at the Washington Adventist University and Hospital Campus, Takoma Park, Maryland, USA.
AIMU offers prerequisites and support programs at the above mentioned campuses. AIMU is one of the new generation medical schools, which offers residency focused on USMLE centred programs and a 4 Year accelerated MD program with high standards. This MD program is fully accredited and widely recognized in the USA and other countries.