Succeeding in medical school, as you might be well aware, isn’t the easiest thing in the World, but nor is it impossible. There are a few things you need to do in order to guarantee your success.
Never forget why you chose medicine in the first place
Medical school can be overwhelming and stressful if you don’t have the adequate mindset. Sometimes, we get so involved in the academics that we forget the real reason why we do all that studying and hard work. Motivation is key to success, so never forget that one day, you will be the only chance a person will have to survive. One day, you will be doing that thing you love the most, whether it is research or patient care, or even surgery. Whatever it is, picture yourself doing it, and let yourself feel that excitement. Never forget your patients are worth the effort.
Establish a routine and stick to it
Having a routine isn’t easy work. Sometimes it might even seem boring, but trust me, at the end of the day, this is the easiest way to succeed in medical school. Having a routine allows you to do everything you love, while fulfilling all of your responsibilities. It helps you know everything you have to do in a given time, and therefore every minute of your day becomes valuable.
Set up your goals and always keep them in mind
Make a plan that allows you to accomplish all of your goals and follow it as close as you can. You’ll see how in time this will help you to, not only be a successful person, but also be a happy one.
Learn how to study
Most of my classmates spend almost all of their free time studying, and that’s because they don’t have the skills or knowledge required to study effectively. More time doesn’t necessarily means more knowledge. My learning experience has been amazing and almost stress free, because, due to life casualties, I had the awesome opportunity to learn how to study wisely instead of studying more.
Use all of the tools available to you and never loose an opportunity
Most medical schools have tons of tools available for students. Whether it be free personal tutors, or practice labs, or even optional classes to help students balance their interests with the academics. Use all of them and see how your grades increase.
Ask for help whenever you need it
Asking for help sometimes might represent a challenge, because it is hard for us, specially medical students, to recognise we are incapable of doing everything on our own. But trust me, it really is salvation when you actually build up the courage to ask for help. In my personal experience as a medical student, we have our own counsellor that accompanies and guides us throughout the entire career, which is actually one of the things that guara
ntees academic success.
Surround yourself with good people
Surrounding yourself with people that share your same interests, principles and values will give you an advantage, as you will build a support system way beyond comprehension. This close circle will have your same struggles and battles, which means you will all be together to face the obstacles that might come your way as a team, and life is most certainly way better and easier that way.