From the beginning, time management must be a major priority. If you can manage your time successfully, you can still enjoy your life to a certain extent. Studying in med school is not the same as it was in college; Studying medicine is a long process and demands a great amount of discipline and sacrifice. But the reward is priceless.
The following are some of the most common pieces of advice
1. Take care of yourself. Do not deprive yourself of healthy, fresh food. Do not ruin your health by eating fast food and avoiding exercise. Do not pull all-nighters and deprive your body and brain of sleep.
2. Do not compete with your classmates or compare your grades with others. We all had to be competitive to get into medical school. But once you are accepted, it becomes a level playing field. Seriously! Avoid everyone after the exam, and make friends with those who share your philosophy.
3. Answer practice questions while you study. “Studying your notes 10 times is probably the best way to prepare for exams.” Wrong! The only way to test your learning is to do practice questions.
4. Learn the big picture.This is an enormous amount of information overload and students are often not prepared. As you memorize, learn the big picture
5. Study with groups. “I am going to study on my own because I don’t need anyone’s help.” Wrong! Medicine is all about teamwork and sharing information. You have to be able to cooperate with others.
6. Take time to engage in stress-relieving activities. Again, it is time management. If you have extra time, you are able to reduce stress. Spend time with friends, or do something on your own that makes you feel better. Activities like exercise, listening to calm music, talking to your parents or praying — there is something out there that makes you feel better.
Finally, this is not enough, remember that we are joining a great profession. Be passionate about what you are learning! Medicine is a treasure and an art. As Henri Amiel said, “To me, the ideal doctor would be a man endowed with profound knowledge of life and of the soul, intuitively divining any suffering or disorder of whatever kind, and restoring peace by his mere presence.”