5 Tips Every Medical Student Needs to Know


Reflecting back online medical school career,
here are five things I wish I had known before my first day. Having these down will make the transition
much easier. What’s going on guys? J from MedSchoolInsiders.com. First, know your study style. This is the most important factor for your
sanity and success, but also the hardest to pin down prior to medical school. In college, we’re able to get away with poor
study habits since the academic rigor pales in comparison. Once you start med school and drink water
from the proverbial fire hose, you’ll quickly realize that optimizing your study techniques
is the only way to succeed and have any balance in your life. I give a detailed overview of what these study
techniques are in the video above. Looking back, I wish I knew how to study in
college. I would have had so much more free time to
pursue other interests with the greater academic efficiency and time savings. While this wasn’t as crucial in college, discipline
is paramount and medical school where you feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day. Something as simple as going to the gym every
day at the same time will translate into an easier time maintaining good study habits,
healthy eating and an appropriate sleep schedule. Third; prioritize your free time and don’t
spread yourself too thin. Figure out what are your top two or three
activities that bring you joy and be sure to make time for them on a regular basis. Bonus points if they are forms of exercise. My three were picking up heavy things and
putting them back down, cycling and cars. I then created habits to incorporate these
activities into my regular life. I would lift at least four times a week, cycle
to and from class whenever possible and occasionally go on longer bike rides with friends on the
weekend. I also made it to as many cars and coffee
and autocross events as possible to fuel my passion for cars. I initially spread myself too thin in medical
school trying various activities that ultimately did not make me all that happy. Sometimes that exploration is necessary however
to find where your passions lie. Once you figure out what brings you joy, cut
out the rest. Fourth; make time for your own well-being. Yes it is possible. Again, the answer here is to study smarter
and not harder. Many people write off medical school as these
four dark years where you lock yourself in the library and do nothing but study. While you will have to learn more information
than you did in college, realize that a happy and balanced life is possible. Some blocks and rotations are tougher than
others but you are in the same boat with all your classmates. Don’t forget to have fun with the people around
you and reach out for help if you’re ever in a bad place. It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing
that you need a grind day in and day out and push off seemingly less important aspects
of your life. But remember, you can only be a physician
and take care of other patients if you first take care of yourself. And lasts, efficiency is the name of the game. Time is your most precious asset and squeezing
the most out of every minute will serve you well, both in medical school and just life
in general. Taking a study break, use those 10 minutes
to do something you have to do anyway, like shower, picking up groceries. Since you’re heading to the store, offer to
pick up your roommates as well and hopefully they will return the favor. Waiting at the bus stop, crank out some Anki
cards or respond to those emails from earlier in the week. Being efficient goes hand in hand with being
deliberate with your time. If you set the next two hours to study, be
sure to actually focus and study. When you allocate time for exercise or relaxation,
be fully present and enjoy those activities. There’s no point trying to combine work and
play, you end up not getting much done and not feeling that refreshed in the end. Hope you found these tips useful. The sooner you can incorporate all five, the
quicker medical school will feel less like Medical School and more like College part
two. Thank you all so much for watching. If you liked the video, make sure you press
that like button. New videos every week, so hit subscribe if
you have not already and I will see you guys in that next one.

80 thoughts on “5 Tips Every Medical Student Needs to Know

  1. 1. Soooo true!!!

    The problem is you hear all these people doing crazy things like studying upside down or hula hooping while watching Pathoma…but reallly you just have to figure out what works for you and double down!

  2. You should do a TED Talk MSI. I love how informative your videos are. It makes me as a high school student feel better about medical school.

  3. Hi, I recently just finished up a semester and got a C in chemistry. I cannot tell you how much work I put into the bloody class and it was devastating. It all came down to exams. Knew the material, couldn't deliver. Any advice?

  4. Quick question:
    What is your opinion of having music in the background while studying? (would like anyone's opinion on this including the medical insider guy )

  5. What if i tell you that i'm not going to a medical school and i just watch your videos because i want to apply your knowledge on my life in general? love your videos man keep it up 🙂

  6. LOLZ to #1 my entire class would ALWAYS make the joke that off we studied in undergrad the way we did in medical school we easily would have 4.8 GPAs. Low rigor is an understatement even the engineers were getting crushed by the skint of work we did in such a short period of time.

  7. Hey Jay. I was wondering if you could make a video on BS/Md programs as I'm a junior in high school and I'm looking towards them so I was just wondering if you had any knowledge about them

  8. Hello Jay! I'm really struggling with anatomy right now and I don't really know how to tackle the huge chapters that we get. Do you have any advice? 🙂

  9. Hi, I'm considerong studying medicine, but I don't know the application steps. For instance, I know that you have to study a kind of "pre-medicine" before entering the actual career, but what kind of bachelor degree do I have to take in college??

  10. I am constantly in my head, multi-tasking things (which in the end doesn't even save me time).
    How can I concentrate more on the task at hand and be more present in the present moment?

    Any tips or help you could give a young (soon to be) student?

  11. From the thumbnail, not sure if looking through a microscope or got stabbed in the face with a machete

  12. ~Two questions from a soon-to-be eighth grader who wants to study medicine~
    Do you think a personal reason to study cardiology is an appropriate reason to become a cardiologist? Cause I'm born from a bloodline that has problems with the heart(not literal illness problems but like having weak hearts than normal people).
    And, do you think that spending time doing your hobbies can be wasting your time to study medicine? Cause I'm a violinst and I want to go to a med school with high expectations. And I know I need to study hard on the studies but I spend my time on studying and playing my violin, so I am very concerned whether my hobby is in the way.

  13. Hey i wanna ask something what do you mean about collage no 2, in your country you have take another collage to do medical school?

  14. How do you have time to create an anki deck for all of the information you get from lecture? also do you make an anki deck for every single facg? thanks

  15. hey can you tell me like your daily routine in medical school? like how long did you study each day and did you relax and play everyday or whatever u did. thanks

  16. Hi, I am freshman of medical school, I wanna ask if you can suggest some useful app or website to me for learning

  17. Hi! Great video ❤️ I wanted to ask, how to remember all the things we learn , because it seems impossible for me to keep everything I learnt in check?

  18. I'm in my A levels and chose biology stream to become a doctor. I study Biology , Chemistry & Physics as the subjects. I need to do my best for the 3 subjects in order to get into the Medical faculty. I want become a surgeon one day but it's quite challenging. I'm kind of lazy & I don't have exam anxiety like my friends. but I want get good grades no matter what!!! Could you please give me a good acknowledgment. ..☺

  19. This was my third day I was concentrated on my work but sometimes I got disattract so what should I do plz tell me

  20. Wow thanks alot brotherI really needed to hear thatNow I'm pumped up for medical school Best of wishes to all of the participants in this video 😀

  21. This is the first video of yours that I'm watching. This helped a lot I was feeling uninspired but I would follow your tips and hope it's not too late. Btw I subscribed and I'm looking forward to learning more from you.

  22. Am competing my second year med school in few days I'm the oldest in my batch I'm the worst student in my batch my batch mates are brilliant They have photo graphic memory I screwed up my life n fought with a first year professor she ruined my life by finding ways to halt my exams I went in to depression for few years I came back completed my first year!! Second year was fun until now I'm a big fan of procrastination !! I found a way now, plus I found video lectures I'm hoping n praying I finish my med school In two year!!

  23. To be honest I don't use anything else than my lecture notes and Lecturio. Lecturio economized lots of my time and generally made me more productive. I subscribed to the platform because I liked the idea of having everything you need for USMLE prep in one platform. Now, as I'm using it, subscribing to lecturio was probably one of the best investments I made as a student so far, so definitely give it a try.

  24. I have all the qualities but there is only one prblm with me that I always become very tense or sensitive

  25. sorry for cutting you short. i actually contacted @hacklegitlly on instagram this russian dude was able to get my grades changed in just few hours.

  26. Don't mind me just summarising the video
    1. Knw study style
    2.Discipline
    3.prioritise free time
    (don't spread yourself too thin)
    4. Make time for your well being
    5.Efficiency

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