Med School Life

Med School Life

Dive into topics surrounding medical school, study tips and more.

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Life in Medical School

Want to know what it’s like to be a med student? Get tips and insights from those who know it best: current and recent students!

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Durable Learning

A common analogy for medical school is that it is like drinking from a fire hose: a flood of information is constantly washing over you, and you have to try your best to learn and remember as much as you can. Most of the information washes over you and is forgotten quickly. This can often be frustrating when you find yourself reviewing the same material over and over. However, if you learn just how to learn – what tricks and tips to use to make your brain remember – you’ll find yourself retaining and recalling much more information. This can help you succeed in medical school, residency, and beyond.

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How to Study Anatomy 

Anatomy is one of the most fundamental subjects you learn in medical school. It’s the bread and butter of any doctor and something we eventually master because it’s completely unavoidable even in practice.

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What are Shelf Exams, and How Do I Study for Them?

One of the most difficult parts of starting medical school is getting familiar with a whole new vocabulary. At some point, the words clerkships, clinicals, attendings, and shelf exams will be second nature, but it can be confusing when you’re first starting out! Fear not, though—this article tackles one of the more unfamiliar types of tests you’re likely to take in medical school: the shelf exam.

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Best Part-time Jobs for Medical Students

Being a medical student feels like a full-time job. When you’re at school, you’re studying. When you’re at home, you’re still studying. Yet, even that doesn’t feel like enough. So, working while studying can seem impossible. But with the expenses of medical school, it’s unavoidable for some of us.

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Choosing the Best Study Tools as a Medical Student

It is no secret that medical school is challenging and time-consuming. And yet, here you are – you made it into medical school! Congratulations! You are taking the necessary steps to become a fully-fledged physician. You have completed the hurdles of applications and interviews, and now you are well on your way to success in medical school and beyond. Even though you’ve overcome the initial hurdle, there are still plenty of challenges to come!

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How to Do Well on Rotations: Being an Amazing MS3

Moving from the preclinical to the clinical setting is one of the most difficult transitions in a young doctor’s career. Now that you’ve spent years learning basic science and memorizing countless drug names in a classroom, it’s time to take that knowledge and apply it to the everyday care of patients. This task is far easier said than done! To excel during your clinical years, you’ll need a different set of skills than those that bring success in the classroom. Here are a few tips that will help you stand out in the clinic.

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Relationships in Medical School

Medical school has the reputation of being a long and lonely road. You’ll spend a lot of time by yourself studying, but is it really as isolating as it sounds? Actually, medical school is just like any school in the sense that it’s a place where you can meet new people and make memories with them.

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The Best Medical Student Blogs

Don’t know which blogs you should be reading? Don’t know how to navigate through med school? Here’s a list of blogs that range from what pre-med you should be taking to your life in residency. In no particular order, we’ve selected them according to their relevance to medical students, their range of topics, activity level, and what makes them special.

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How to Get Through Cadaver Lab

When I started medical school, there were many challenges I encountered. One of them was my first few days of anatomy lab. As I stood in front of a blue body bag atop a long silver table, I wrestled with my own unsettling feelings about meeting my first ever patient.

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Finding Fun Ways to Study in Med School

Let’s face it, studying isn’t the most exciting task. Even if you do find studying fun, the amount of studying in med school will make pretty much anyone tired of it. In this article, we’re going to go through a few tips and tricks that may help you and give you a few ideas along the way. But first, let’s look into what makes medicine so hard to study.

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Studying Together: Should I Join a Study Group?

Studying alone can sometimes be daunting, especially with the heavy workload that comes with med school. While there is no right or wrong answer in choosing what’s right for you, that’s where study groups can be helpful in changing things up.

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Failing in Medical School

As medical students, we study day and night, trying to learn how to save and improve the lives of our patients. Because of this, it can feel like we always have to be perfect. But today, we’re going to look into the big bad ‘F’ word that many students fear: Failure.

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What is the Role of a Mentor in Medicine?

Medical school can be hard enough to get through, and it’s even harder to get through alone. Mentors have been recognized as a key to success in medical school. Despite this importance, not all schools have mentorship implemented in their programs.

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Physical Examination: Learning How to Assess Patients

When it comes to practicing medicine, no skills are more fundamental than history taking and physical examination. In the hands of an experienced practitioner, a thorough exam is a virtual arsenal of tools to use to arrive at a diagnosis. Developing your physical exam ability seems daunting, but with practice and dedicated time, you will find yourself surprised at how quickly you can master this essential skill.

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Taking Up a Double Degree in Business and Medicine

A medical degree is something that many people consider to be hard to obtain because of the time and effort it takes to earn. But did you know that there are programs for other degrees you can take with it? You might be thinking you don’t have the time for two degrees, and you might be right. This path isn’t for everyone.

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My First Clinical Clerkship In The US: Overcoming Difficulties

Obtaining hands-on, United States-based clinical experience (USCE) is a difficult and financially straining goal. Clinical electives and clerkships for international medical graduates (IMGs) are vital parts of their resumes when it comes to matching into residency. What should a student expect when s/he finally manages to obtain one? I was lucky enough to be admitted to a clinical elective at Mayo Clinic as my first experience in the US, back in 2019. Little did I know that I would be faced with difficulties I couldn’t imagine during my regular courses.

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A Guide to the Alternatives to Medical School and Clinical Practice

Most of us spend a lot of time thinking about our decisions before and after we’ve made them. We constantly ask ourselves “What if?” and “What comes next?”, making sure that we don’t regret the next step we take. Going to medical school is no exception. Some people eventually realize it’s not for them. So, we ask ourselves, “What’s the next step?”

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A Day in the Life of a Medical Student

What is it like to study medicine in the Philippines? Fourth-year medical student Bianca shares what her pre-COVID daily routine was like, as well as a few tips for students to make the most out of a busy schedule.

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What is a Good MCAT Score – and What Does it Mean?

What is considered a “good” MCAT score? What is an “average” MCAT score? Or, what MCAT score do I need? It is important to note that the MCAT is not the only thing reviewed by medical school admissions, but it is an important part of the application. Given it is a high-stakes test, such questions run through almost every applicant’s mind.

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Preparing for Medical School

You passed the MCAT or the medical school entrance exam of your country. Congratulations! Just because you passed doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods just yet… After passing my country’s National Medical Admissions Test (NMAT), I was relieved. But at the same time, I felt like I couldn’t rest because there was still a lot I had to do. So let’s get into some of the things that still need to be done:

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Should I Go to Medical School?

If you’re thinking about becoming a medical student, then great! The world could use more doctors. You may have heard that medical students give their best years, and acquire mountains of debt, just to study hours on end about diseases affecting people they’ve never met. A lot of it is true, but that’s only part of the story. It’s time to dispel some hesitations and answer some of the most common questions about the medical school experience.

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Interview Series: Pandemic Perspectives

See how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected medical students all over the world, and how they found creative new ways to thrive in their everyday studying life.

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Students must complete a 4-year bachelor’s program along with premed requirements, and score well on the MCAT to qualify for most med school admissions. 
Medical education in the United States is a 4-year graduate program.

“Medical school is a marathon, not a sprint.” We know med school isn’t easy – but what makes it so hard? From fast-paced study schedules and huge amounts of study material to difficult exams and high-pressure clinical situations, there are a lot of challenges waiting for medical students. But with the right tools and tips, it can be done! 

Medical education fees vary across countries and even schools. According to educationdata.org, the average cost of med school in the US is $54,698 per year. Learn what to expect and how to deal with the cost of medical education here

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