The medicine clerkship is a jam-packed rotation where you’ll get to learn the core principles of internal medicine. Here are some of my tips for how to excel on the shelf exam and on the wards.
Where I went to medical school, anatomy was our very first course. I found it incredibly overwhelming, and sometimes looking back I'm amazed I made it through! I think it was more the pace of the course rather than the material itself that made it so challenging. Other parts of medical school, even ones that involved a lot of memorization, didn't seem to bring on the same level of panic. A lot of doctors have written much more eloquently on how learning anatomy using cadavers is an enriching and defining experience of medical school. Instead, I want to focus in this post more on the nuts and bolts of getting through all the material and excelling in your course.
“Medical school” and “free time” do not go together. They’re almost as bad a pair as “acetaminophen” and “binge drinking.” However, I’ve learned in my last 2 years that to work smarter, you have to be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods. I’ve pondered how to best organize your time so that you can squeeze in more time for fun (as long as that fun doesn’t include liver failure) and less sleepless hours.
Here are some things to think about when you start research in medical school:
Why think about this now? Just send an email. Stay organized. Cast a wide net. Focus on finding a good mentor. Time commitments. Say yes.
With Match Day 2019 is just ahead of us, thousands of fourth years are looking ahead to that next chapter of their lives, becoming a resident. On July 1st , they will be transitioning from the safety of being a medical student to the overwhelming responsibility of being a resident.
I won’t lie, making it through college and medical school without a typical support system is rough. Finding resources, exploring time management approaches, and financial considerations were important parts of my journey.
After finishing my institution’s preclinical curriculum and finishing Step 1, I figured I wouldn’t use many of the same resources again to study for rotations or Step 2.
Applying to residencies is a monumental step in our medical school careers and it determines where we end up in the next chapter of our lives. It can seem daunting at first, but it can be a painless (and even exciting!) time if you prepare early.
In my preclinical years, I found that the key to not losing myself in the lists of factors that all sounded like slight variations of the exact same made-up word, was to spend time in the clinical setting. Clinical exposure in your preclinical years can introduce you to the vocabulary that you will learn to use as a second language in your clinical years. You can learn to interact with patients in a meaningful way that also gets you comfortable in your white coat. You can learn and fine-tune skills, get exposure to multiple specialties, and get a nice clinical correlation to what you’re learning in class.