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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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