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Entering Medical School: Freshmen, check this out

The day I entered med school made me realize how little I know compared to my classmates. I struggled a lot during the first year. My pre-med hasn’t prepared me for the jabs med school hit me with and the fact that I didn’t do any extra courses then didn’t help. But I have waited for the chance to get here and there’s no way I’m turning back now. Let me share with you tips on how, little steps at a time, I adjusted in med school. You just have to remember 3 things: stop, look and listen.

STOP

STAHP

Stop procrastinating and start reading. If you were like me who had no idea where muscles inserted, what funny currents are and the reactions catalyzed by pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, then I suggest you start reading, pronto. There will be a lot of readings, paper works and case discussions to name a few that it will be very beneficial for you to get a head start.

LOOK

Look

Look for alternative ways you could learn. Watching instructional videos and lectures would help you understand the concepts better especially for visual learners. Making diagrams and concept maps could also help.

Look for study places with or without study buddies. Some are more comfortable studying alone. Some prefers to teach or discuss with others. Some prefers to study in their rooms, the library or the coffee shop. It would all depend on where you’re comfortable with and where you know you’ll be more productive. So go there and study, study, study.

LISTEN

Listen

Listen to your professors. Take notes during lectures. They could simplify during their lectures the complex topics with utmost details in your textbooks. Most of your professors (consultants) have decades of experience and could share with you rare gems from their practice, so listen up.

Listen to your seniors. They have undergone what you would go through so pay attention to their advice. They could give you feedbacks on how a professor approaches a subject, what to focus on, how examinations were given, references they found useful or anything you want to ask that you know could help you.

Listen to your colleagues. They will be the ones who will be with you in your journey in med school. They will be your friends you share good and bad times with. They came from different walks of life and they could share with you knowledge they acquired from their fields.

All these things I’ve shared had helped me in med school and I am hoping that it would also be of help to you as you begin your journey as a med student. It would be exhausting, depressing (sometimes) and stressful but always remember that it would all be worthwhile in the end. Good luck!