What to study before Med School – Medical School Survival Guide | Lecturio


[Music] welcome back to the premed lecture series this is lecture 2 now the most common question asked by pre-medical students is moe what do I study before medical school well let’s review what classes medical students take during the first two years of medical school and how it relates to the USMLE step 1 exam after doing that then we’ll decide what students should start studying before medical school begins and if they need to study anything at all now let’s discuss what courses students will take during the first two years of medical school the first two years of medical school are commonly called the basic science years because you will be learning basic science in a classroom setting then the third and fourth years of medical school are called the clinical years because you will be rotating in a hospital in performing clinical duties in general the courses you will take during the first year of medical school are the following anatomy and embryology astrology biochemistry cell bio will be taking genetics immune e ology neuroscience and physio that’s a lot of courses then in general during the second year of medical school we’ll take the following courses microbiology pathology farm and biostatistics and behavioral a lot less courses in the second year you’ll see why in a moment now the question to consider do I have to study before medical school begins well let’s discuss now you’re aware of what coursework you’ll take during the first two years of medical school and the question is do you even really need to study before medical school begins and the simple answer is no you don’t have to study what’s wrong with you the medical school admissions committee selected you and found that you have the necessary criteria to matriculate into Medical School graduate and become a successful doctor you can simply show up on the first day of medical school having prepared only the logistics that we talked about in the previous topic and nothing else and you’ll be fine to tell a personal story I showed up on the first day of medical school only having prepared the logistics and where I was going to live I had my car I had some basics ideas of what I was going to eat I showed up the class with my notebook in a computer I looked very nerdy I’ll be honest and everything turned out fine as you’re aware also if you do study a topic let me give you the sad truth you’re likely to study the wrong material because you have not learned yet what is considered high-yield material in medical school education you’re probably still used to the concept of studying in college save yourself to discomfort you do not have to study beforehand now what if you’re absolutely dying to study something well let me tell you hindsight is 2020 if I could go back in time I would have started studying anatomy before school had started but this is because I had never taken Anatomy while I was in college and I had to learn anatomy from the ground up for the very first time at Medical School speed and this was a challenge it was fine you know you can do it but what I noticed was that the students who had taken anatomy in college had an easier time they were able to focus on the finer details with full focus while I on the other hand was trying to learn major concepts of anatomy and those same fine details simultaneously I have no other course recommendations to study before starting medical school other than anatomy and that’s if you absolutely have to study something and that was in my recommendation because I had never taken an a/d beforehand if you do wish to study Anatomy you want to study high-yield Anatomy don’t just get a random Anatomy textbook and start reading it I recommend that you start following the lectures of the electorial lectures for Anatomy to know what is high-yield Anatomy for you to study now a very common question is can I start studying for us Emily step one before medical school begins well we need to discuss the basics of what is us Emily step one the USMLE step 1 exam covers all of the material that is taught during the first two years of medical school we will discuss the USMLE exam in much greater detail in future lectures but so you’re aware in order to do well on your exams you must study the material from the bay six science years very well so to answer that question you absolutely should not try to study for us Emily step one before or even really during the first year of medical school by this I mean you need to focus on school studying of course everything you learn during the basic science years is relevant to the USMLE step 1 exam but may not actually be on it so don’t worry yourself about studying for the USMLE step 1 exam too early you’re only going to distract yourself from learning the basic science material well and you’re going to inadvertently hurt your own basic science studying so here’s what you should do follow along with the principles that are taught in this lecture series which are the principles that students have been using for decades to do well in medical school and the USMLE exams it’s what I was taught by more senior students it’s what I learned and it’s what I’m going to teach to you now we’re going to discuss this in the next lectures but let me give you a sneak peek to quench the thirst of your curiosity you need to spend the first year of medical school learning how to study the material well you need to learn how to study effectively and efficiently that’s the purpose and goal of the first year of medical school you do not need to worry about you assembly step 1 I don’t care what anyone tells you in medical school I don’t care what your older person in medical school tells you I am telling you the truth believe me on this don’t worry about it then during the second year of medical school the basic science material will actually become tremendously more relevant to the USMLE step 1 exam and that’s during that second year well you will start transitioning to see us Emily step 1 material now you can get more details on these in the future lectures will cover lecture summary you do not need to study before starting medical school you can show up on the first day simply having taken care of the logistics of your life and nothing else if you do absolutely have to study because you’re that kind of student study Anatomy follow along with the electorial lectures for high-yield anatomy for medical school don’t study anything else you will study not high-yield material and also don’t worry about us Emily step one right now it’s way too early don’t worry about it until the second year of medical school enjoy your time right now before medical school starts it’s the very last time in which you’ll have total and complete freedom congratulations on getting into medical school again thank you [Music] you

12 thoughts on “What to study before Med School – Medical School Survival Guide | Lecturio

  1. Medical student suicide !? That's a thing now ?!
    Whoa… I've always thought it was just a med-doc
    thing. Now you're saying it's a med student thing :O

  2. I have a weak information about basic bio and chem to be honest but have a great results in high school ..
    what should I do ?

  3. 'What about reading a "general overview" book during vacation. I´m doing that for example with imnunology I´m reading How the inmune system works. I think If you do some research on general ideas you maybe fine something that worth it.

  4. I took anatomy but I feel physiology was harder. Anatomy was alright. The professor I took had a doctorate in biology and she was sort of strict.

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