Today I’m going to be telling you ten things that I wish I knew before starting medical school
1.THE RULE TO DO IT NOW, NOT LATER.
Because you will not have time to do it later essentially I’m saying don’t
procrastinate . Because by saying later, you will end up leaving everything to the end and then it will be very difficult for you to cover everything.
2.DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS.
Everyone is gonna be ahead of you as well as everyone is gonna be behind you .Do not to get into the trap of comparing yourself to others so what I mean is ,you will be sitting in lecture minding your own business and you’ll hear some of the conversation being like
“I already studied all of the anatomy labs for this entire year and then you’ll hear someone else being like “I already learned how to do all the physical exams for this entire year now”
then you’ll have someone else being like well I already pre read all the lectures for the next three weeks and you’re gonna be sitting there like hmm great everybody’s done everything but in reality they’ve only done that one thing that they mentioned that they haven’t done the 99 other things that you need to do.
Whereas maybe you’ve done something else that they didn’t mention it’s not good to compare yourself to others and it’s really easy to fall into the spiral of being like “oh I’m so behind everyone”.
But it is healthy to check in with people and be like hey this is like the five things we need to have done this week right so create a community around you.
Everyone has their own study schedule and their own routine that works and they’re going to take different paths in order to get the same finish line as you.
3.YOU WILL NEVER KNOW EVERYTHING
This is a reality of med school and medicine in general get used to not knowing everything.
I think in undergrad it was pretty easy to be like okay there’s a discrete list of things that I need to memorize and if I know all that I will know a hundred percent of the things that are gonna be on the test.
Medical School is not like that, there are things that are just like so out of the blue in my experience where you’re like i think I’m just gonna guess here, I can’t know everything.
4.TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ASKING FACULTY QUESTIONS.
You can do this on a one-on-one basis this is my personal preference.
Some people like to press the microphone and have the camera zoom in and have their face displayed on the judging screens the lecture hall as they ask a question I don’t got that kind of confidence but your faculty have so many pearls of wisdom.
I personally found the best places to ask questions were in smaller groups.
So examples were learning clinical skills we’d be in a room with like eight other people and a doctor great time to ask questions.
Second one was in the labs and histology or Anatomy you have these dedicated professors that have done like the PhDs in the anatomy that you’re learning they have so much knowledge and yeah sometimes they go off in tangents and you’re like I got like lots of
things to do I just wanted this one question answered but those tangents will help you remember things on the exam and you just weren’t smart enough to ask about those things that they went off on a tangent about so just be a sponge ask questions and absorb.
5. YOU WILL LEARN MORE IF YOU COME MORE PREPARED.
Prep was a hard thing for me to get used to because it’s a very much self-motivated kind of thing you couldn’t show up doing the zero prep and there’s no consequences in medical school.
Like an undergrad you got to come in with like a lab plan the hazards written out pre research done and an assignment done…. NO, here you cannot just show up.
So for me that transition was really hard to be like okay I need to sit down and like spend an hour or two memorizing all this Anatomy because when you get to the anatomy lab you’ll be able to ask questions you’ll be able to put things together and you’ll be able to take more advantage of that in the moment learning environment.
This is also true for histology labs and clinical skills ,so do your prep.
6. YOU WILL NEED TO EXPERIMENT WITH YOUR STUDY METHODS.
But don’t reinvent the wheel so I remember I got into med school and I was like I’m gonna use all these weird methods that I didn’t use before but medical school I’m going to use it up
I’m gonna memorize everything, it was fine, it worked out .
BUT HONESTLY like you just have to experiment what is right for you and kind of by the end of the year I was really studying in a similar way as I was in undergrad but enhancing it with more efficient methods.
I don’t know just figure out what works for you and understand that what works for you is gonna be totally different for what works for other people.
7.SOCIAL SUPPORT IS KEY
So I am person I do not like to party and drink excessively, I do not like to do drugs .
BUT you may be surprised med students like to party that wasn’t the scene for me so don’t force yourself into something that isn’t right for you but like social support in the forms of doing extracurricular fun things with people if somewhere interest is so helpful.
So gather with your friends and play games like basket ball, cricket ,Football and the one I like the most is Table tennis, thats Awesome.
8. YOU ARE STILL THE EXACT SAME PERSON AS YOU WERE BEFORE (BE HUMBLE)
You are still the exact same person as you were before you got into med school literally the only thing different about you is you can now say I’m in med school.
You’re not like this whole new person ,you’re not like way cooler than all the people that didn’t get in med school.
You’re not any smarter than the people that get in you’re not better than the people that are still trying to get into med school and it does not a cute look to be like “yeah I’m invincible now I only like do medical things and talk to medical people like …..no don’t it’s not cool …..it’s not cute ……you come across is really weird and arrogant.
Like you’re literally in first-year medical school you’re not a big deal I don’t know some people in my classroom kind of like that you need to be humble and you need to learn from people not only in your class but outside your class just to continue growing as a person.
9.SAY NO TO THE THINGS YOU DON’T WANT TO DO
Med school was an excellent filter for me ,I will admit there were some things that I did not
enjoy doing but I did .
Everyone has a few of those things that they’re like it was a grind I wasn’t into it ,we’ve all been there.
Med school was kind of liberating from that because you got in you don’t have to do these things anymore but it also was a good filter for new opportunities that came up there are so many extracurricular in medical school there are so many events there’s people asking you to come volunteer for things do this .
So Med school give you an excuse to say NO to things you don’t want to do.
Sleep like eight hours a night exercise as per the recommendations and eat healthy it will make a world of difference when your mind is clear and you’re able to focus there’s just so much more efficiency when you’ve got a healthy lifestyle.
Anyways those are the 10 things that I wish I knew before medical school I hope you found this article interesting. and share with your friends and if you just got accepted into Medical School congratulations ,welcome to the med school journey and yeah let’s kill it let’s become amazing compassionate doctors.