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  • Those that enter medical school have already  proven they're intelligent and hard working.  

  • But during those 4 years, there is a subset  that thrive and not only enjoy the process,  

  • but also place themselves to match into  the most desirable residency programs.  

  • These are the strategies of those  highly successful medical students.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • Thriving in medical school isn't about forgoing  any semblance of a life and having a committed  

  • relationship with your textbooks. Ratherit's about focusing on these 5 key elements.

  • The medical students who can manage the immense  volume of information aren't smarter than those  

  • who cannot. Rather, they rely on evidence-based  learning principles rather than the antiquated and  

  • more comfortable passive strategies  we've all come to know and love.

  • I thought I knew how to study in college. I  had strong grades and did well on my MCAT,  

  • so surely I could handle  medical school without issue.

  • I was wrong, and the first two  months were a wake up call.  

  • It wasn't until I revamped my study strategies  that I was able to live a more balanced life,  

  • rather than spending Friday nights at  the medical school buried in books.

  • Some students are overly focused on their  VARK learning style, meaning visual, auditory,  

  • reading, and kinesthetic. It turns out that  using your VARK learning style to guide your  

  • medical school studying will hold you backAlthough it may feel more comfortable to you,  

  • the scientific literature suggests that  studying to your VARK preferences is not  

  • correlated to better academic performanceeven though it may feel more comfortable.

  • Instead, relying on active learning  principles is a reliable way for  

  • everyone to improve their test performanceThe two main ones to focus on are (1) spaced  

  • repetition with active recall, and (2)  practice questions. There are five other  

  • strategies that I've elaborated on in  my Evidence Based Study Strategy video.

  • I can tell you from personal experience  that active learning initially feels  

  • quite uncomfortable. You'll  probably be tempted to regress  

  • to passive methods that are much more  comfortable and less challenging.

  • The reason active methods are initially  uncomfortable is because they're working. They're  

  • causing your brain to have to process on a deeper  level and with greater intensity. It's just like  

  • lifting weights in the gym. If it was too easyyou wouldn't be stimulating meaningful progress.  

  • This may at first feel unpleasant, but with time  you'll adapt and it will become your new baseline.

  • Burnout amongst medical students and resident  physicians is a systemic problem requiring  

  • reform. However, we're not going to fix  that problem overnight, so rather than  

  • waiting until things change for the betteryou must mitigate the risk for yourself. Take  

  • responsibility for your own health and wellbeing  even when the system seems stacked against you.

  • This may look different for each person, but  the foundations hold true for everyone: be  

  • uncompromising with your healthy habits  around sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

  • Some students get caught up with the latest  nootropic or hot productivity hack, thinking that  

  • will give them the edge they need. The truth is  that none of those will yield anywhere close to as  

  • strong of returns as focusing on these foundations  of sleep, nutrition, and exercise. And I'm not  

  • just talking about a 2x improvement by focusing  on getting better sleep compared to gulping down  

  • coffee. There will be an order of magnitude  improvement by focusing on the fundamentals.

  • In medical school, I had an extremely clean  diet which definitely did its part in helping  

  • me endure higher intensity. I was also regular  about getting exercise in through the form of  

  • weights at the gym and riding my bike for  transportation rather than driving my car.  

  • But in hindsight, I didn't prioritize my  sleep enough, and I averaged 7 hours a  

  • night during my pre-clinical years  and less during my clinical years.

  • During your preclinical years, depriving yourself  of sleep points to a lack of efficiency and focus  

  • during your waking hours. During your clinical  years, there may be times when you're on call or  

  • simply have to be in the hospital  for over 16 hours in a single day.  

  • In those instances, you won't get adequate sleepbut they'll be the exception, not the rule.

  • You'll find that the top performing medical  students don't blindly follow the packinstead,  

  • the question assumptions and seek to  understand why things are done a certain way.  

  • In doing so, they are able to adapt and improve  their own approach to yield stellar results.

  • When I was in medical school, I was told  that research was done a certain way,  

  • and if you followed those principles, you  could hopefully get a publication or two.  

  • I questioned the assumptionsknew there must be a better way,  

  • and created my own systems that resulted in dozens  of publications and presentations, which was a  

  • strong selling point of my residency applicationResearch is one of the most powerful ways to  

  • differentiate yourself from other applicantsparticularly in highly competitive specialties.

  • By adopting this mindsetyou'll learn to experiment  

  • and improve upon your study  methods, hone your research skills,  

  • and find better ways to navigate the seemingly  insurmountable challenges that inevitably arise.

  • This mindset will serve you well not only in  medical school and future residency training,  

  • but also elsewhere in life. This is where  you'll unlock so many hidden opportunities  

  • that are difficult to even imagine now. The  possibilities are endless. For me, it started  

  • with questioning why my school didn't havebiomedical incubatorso I decided to start  

  • one. I then fell in love with entrepreneurshipstarted some side hustles, and ultimately those  

  • gave me the option to redefine my future career in  ways I couldn't have imagined just a year prior.  

  • For you, it could be something totally  different. Perhaps you invent a medical  

  • technology to help those with limited resources  in developing countries, or maybe discover you  

  • enjoy hospital administration and want to  improve healthcare in meaningful ways for  

  • both physicians and patients. Or something else  entirely different. It's completely up to you.

  • If you haven't experienced it yet, you'll  realize learning in medical school is far  

  • different from college because of one key factorvolume. The volume of content and the pace with  

  • which you need to go through it is immense  in medical school. The actual subject matter  

  • isn't necessarily as conceptually challenging  as some college majors, but you'll be pushed  

  • to your limits in learning a great quantity  of information in a short period of time.

  • Medical students who focus on efficiency are  the ones who don't drown in the content or  

  • fall behind. This pursuit of efficiency  translates to better use of down time and breaks.  

  • For example, using breaks to get through chores  or tasks you'd otherwise have to do anyway,  

  • like cooking or handling errands, which gives  you a mental break from studying while still  

  • taking care of necessary things. This focus on  efficiency also means knowing when is the best  

  • time to apply yourselffor example, if you  experience an afternoon slump, you'll learn  

  • to study before or after that time to maximize  the value of each minute you spend studying.

  • This isn't to say you need to push yourself  constantly to the limit. That's a recipe  

  • for burnout and suboptimal performance long  term. Optimal performance occurs from brief,  

  • high exertion bursts followed by high  quality rest and recovery. This occurs  

  • not only in physical performance and  sports, but mental performance as well.  

  • Remember, go all-in on work or relaxationbut never both at the same time.

  • The last principle of the successful medical  

  • student is that they understand the  importance of investing in themself.

  • I didn't come from a privileged backgroundBut even still, my family always highlighted  

  • the importance of investing in my own educationWe could be frugal with clothes, travel, food,  

  • tech, and just about anything else. But  anytime I needed a book or resource,  

  • I was reminded that my education is  a priority not to be taken lightly.

  • I could have downloaded the textbook  PDF from a friend and saved $100,  

  • but the experience of reading the paper  book and taking notes and marking it up  

  • gave me a marginally better experienceand that marginally better experience  

  • could be the difference of me getting  through 50 practice questions or just 15.

  • Just as people invest in the stock market  to get a return on their investment,  

  • your education is an investment in yourselfThe main difference is that your education can  

  • have a significantly higher ROI. By focusing  on my education and investing in myself, I was  

  • able to get into multiple top medical schoolsand little did I know, even make me competitive  

  • enough to earn merit based scholarships that  saved me hundreds of thousands of dollars.  

  • If you want to get more meta, this investment paid  off thousands of times more because without it,  

  • I wouldn't have been successful with  Med School Insiders. Think about it,  

  • if I was an average student that barely got into  medical school, aspiring physicians like you would  

  • be less eager to learn from me, and the quality of  my insights or advice would also be compromised.

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  • If you enjoyed this video, check out my video  on the anatomy of a perfect morning routine,  

  • or my comparison of medical school and residencyMuch love, and I'll see you guys there.

Those that enter medical school have already  proven they're intelligent and hard working.  

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