June 18, 2014
Article by Global Pre-Meds
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As you prepare for joining medical school you are sure to hear and read about how difficult it can be, and rightly so. It will be incredibly tough. It will challenge you and push you to your limits but, there is a reason behind all of this hard work that you are expected to do. The truth is, being a doctor can be tough and challenging and the hard work in medical school is simply a precursor of things to come. Those who rise to the challenge and graduate from medical school will be all set to be successful in their career too. Also, medicine is not a career for just anybody. It is a career that should be chosen only by those who are really and truly passionate about helping others. Only those who are dedicated to the cause can get through the intentionally rigorous curriculum of medical school.
The good news however is that being successful in medical school is not impossible – you can do it! Here are a few measures you can start implementing right from the outset so that you will be more successful and less stressed throughout your medical school life.
Throughout medical school, you need to keep reminding yourself that it is just a few more years of hard work to get into your dream profession. This should be your mantra throughout and it will help you focus. Focusing on medical school also means being able to put aside any unwanted distractions. This may include cutting back on your social networking or reducing the amount of television you watch. Also be on the lookout for unhealthy relationships that are time consuming and stressful. You are better off without the added stress.
Once you get into medical school, managing your time is very important. Keep enough time for your school work as well as any other volunteering or extra-curricular activities you may have. Ensure that you space out your assignments and start working from the day one, instead of piling everything up till the last minute. Take time to determine how or when you work best. Some students work better at different times of the day, some need pressure to focus on work and others some require more time to understand things. Discovering what works for you is essential if you want to be able to get the best out of this course.
Medical school isn’t all about getting the best grades. To be a great doctor you have to have all your practical concepts clear and not simply know them in theory. Instead of rote learning, learn what the actual concept is all about. If you can’t understand them properly in the book, try to shadow a doctor or work in a clinic where you will get some vital practical exposure. Doing this will be an added bonus since the recommendation letters which you get from these internships help a lot in the future.
Stress and anger will get you nowhere in this field. You need to learn how to manage your stress. Even when things are not working out your way, keep a calm head and explore all your options. This will help you during medical school and it will also help you in difficult medical situations when you become a doctor.
Get in touch with medical professionals and establish relationships with them. Getting to know the right people and making contacts in this field can help you go a long way.