Support you can access at medical school

September 16, 2016

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The transition from high school to medical school can be extremely challenging. From a relatively easy schedule in high school, med students find themselves grappling with a very demanding schedule. Not only is the curriculum vast but it is also highly advanced. The classroom lectures are fast-paced and in between there are also clinicals held at different healthcare facilities and assignments that have to be completed in too short a time.

Help is at hand

Fortunately, all medical schools across Australia recognise that the amount of material and the pace of the curriculum can present obstacles that many students struggle to overcome. To help them reach their full potential and achieve academic success, most medical schools have put in place several measures that provide students with the support that they need. This support goes beyond just helping students succeed academically. Medical schools also offer help also for other issues related to test taking, career development and student wellness.

Academic support

Time management, studying more efficiently and being more organised are key to succeeding in medical school. Yet almost all students struggle in these areas. Many Australian medical schools organise presentations and workshops that focus on helping students improve their time management, organisation and study skills so they can keep up with the pace of the programme. They also organise mock exams through the year to alleviate test anxiety and improve students’ test-taking skills.

Mentoring and advising

Mentors and advisors play a pivotal role in guiding students successfully through medical school, right from the first year through to their final year. They will help you navigate the transition from preclinical to the clinical years, maintain a balanced perspective while you are immersed in the programme and also connect you with essential resources such as tutoring and other support services.

Career counselling and development

Choosing a specialism can often be one of the overriding concerns for most medical students. Even those who have decided which specialism to pursue often have difficulty with making other decisions. Every medical school has highly experienced career counsellors who offer valuable advice and support students throughout their medical school journey.

Not sure where to start or which road to take? Career counsellors can help you with the decision-making process every time you reach a fork in the road, from choosing the right residency to what to do after you graduate from medical school. They offer guidance with writing compelling personal statements and submitting strong residency applications. Career counsellors also often organise mock interviews to help students prepare for their residency interviews.

Stress management

Although many hardworking students would love time to stop while they complete their degree, unfortunately this is never the case. Life carries on with all of its strains and stresses, and sometimes things can get on top of you.

If you feel like you need some extra support during a stressful time, universities will often have dedicated counselling and group support available. This may even be offered free of charge to registered students and staff. Your medical school may also offer extra support specifically for medical students. The important thing is not to suffer in silence, but to reach out and find the best support for you.

There is plenty of guidance and support that you can access at medical school. You may not need it all the time, but it is comforting to know that you will have easy access to ample guidance and support if and when you need it.


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