Spend Your Time Wisely Before Joining Medical School

January 29, 2015

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A student learning how to take a patient's blood pressure in Tanzania. The months between receiving your medical school acceptance letter and the commencement of the school term can be an exciting, stress-free time. You no longer will have the tension of applying to schools and you still have a lot of free time on your hands to relax before getting into the hectic schedule of med school. While you absolutely should take time to just relax, there are also a few other things that you need to take care of before medical school starts.

Wrap Up All Pending Work

This is the time to tie up any loose ends. Wrap up all pending projects, complete your internships, get all the necessary recommendations and certificates and finish off any outstanding formalities. If you are moving to a school in another city don’t wait until last minute and then say hurried goodbyes to friends and family. Instead start early and spend quality time with your family members and friends, either individually or just a few at a time. If you have any projects or hobbies that you want to pursue through medical school as well, start putting together the necessary information and materials so you do not have to waste time looking for stuff in a new city.

Get Your Finances Together

Medical school is expensive and it is important to have all your financial ducks in a row before you start. You’ll have enough on your plate to attend to once school starts without having to worry about finances. Apply for scholarships or grants that you are entitled to. You should also take into account all the money that you will need for study material, accommodation and other extras during your time at medical school besides the tuition expenses. Put aside this money and keep it organised so that you will be ready once school begins.

Gap Medics students form a pyramid at Gangilonga Rock in Tanzania! Get Lots of R&R

This is the last time that you will be able to rest and relax. Spend time doing the things you love. Go and meet friends, watch a few movies, eat at your favourite places. If you have enough money, go for a holiday, even if it’s a few days in a city nearby. Spend as much time as you can with your family. This quality time will be hard to find once you get into medical school and even after you finish school and start your career.

Start Searching For Suitable Accommodation

When you are moving to another city for medical school, getting your accommodation sorted is important. First, decide on things like whether you want student accommodation or an apartment, whether you want roommates or to live alone and whether you will also need to get furniture. Think also about your transport options between your accommodation and school. Get this done as soon as possible so that you will have the best pick of places and you don’t need to be running around at the last minute or compromising on your options.

Last but not least, save the studying for medical school. Do not use this break to get a head start or to catch up on studying. If you do, you run the risk of getting burnt out mid way through the school term.