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  • Congratulations on getting into medical school.

  • Based on the low rate of matriculation into medical school, one could argue that the hardest

  • part is now behind you.

  • After all, fewer than 40% of applicants successfully get accepted to medical school in the US.

  • However, I would argue that the toughest part is yet to come.

  • What's going on guys! Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • I remember thinking that I was a beast after

  • finishing undergrad and having a highly successful medical school application season.

  • But the beginning of medical school was a rude awakening.

  • I incorrectly thought that since I had figured out how to be an effective student in undergrad,

  • I would find it equally easy to be an effective student in medical school.

  • While med school and college do share several similarities, they require distinctly different

  • approaches.

  • If you haven't already, be sure to check out my college versus medical school comparison

  • video.

  • First, question your current methods.

  • Everything in this video is going to hinge on this foundational principle.

  • One of my favorite quotes is, don't believe everything you think.

  • Growth, improvement, and progress require constantly challenging your current mode of

  • operating.

  • This couldn't be more true for the transition to med school.

  • Here are some personal examples that I experienced.

  • In college, I would take notes in powerpoint and then click through them to study for exams.

  • I achieved great results in college using this terribly inefficient method but this

  • was even more suboptimal in med school.

  • I go over other study strategies I wish I knew sooner in my pre-med study strategies

  • video, which is the first video I ever made, link in the description below.

  • In college I would wake up at different times each day, depending on my class schedule for

  • that day.

  • Some days it was 6 AM and other days it was 10 AM.

  • In med school, I quickly learned that the lack of a regular routine with wake up time

  • not only resulted in poorer sleep but it also killed my productivity and momentum throughout

  • the day.

  • In college, I would go to the gym at different times each day without a clear plan.

  • Since I had so much more free time in college, this actually worked.

  • I had multiple free blocks of time where I could leisurely go to the gym.

  • However, in med school, this method resulted in me skipping the gym more often than actually

  • going to the gym.

  • I needed to schedule my gym time and make it a routine, otherwise, it just wouldn't

  • happen.

  • Now the key takeaway is to not grow attached to things that used to work for you.

  • Rather than being attached to certain habits and ways of being, practice being committed

  • to improvement and results.

  • This shift from attachment to commitment will empower you to be flexible and swap habits

  • that don't work for those that do.

  • Number two, prepare for the marathon.

  • Med school is not a sprint.

  • Do you remember the joys of finals week in college?

  • Most of the quarter or semester was pretty relaxed and then things would get intense

  • during midterms and then again during finals week.

  • While that did work in college, it will not cut it in med school.

  • Now, when I say to approach med school as a marathon, I'm referring to two main areas

  • in life, self-care, and studying.

  • With regards to self-care, it is imperative to take care of yourself from the very start.

  • Skipping meals, opting for convenient yet unhealthy foods, skipping the gym, not sleeping

  • enough, these are all habits that may work in the short term but long term they will

  • severely limit your potential.

  • Rather, create systems and habits that allow you to eat healthfully around your busy schedule,

  • like meal prep, schedule time for the gym daily, make it a routine.

  • In my preclinical medical school years, I would work out every day during my lunch break.

  • Create and enforce guidelines for yourself regarding your sleep habits and bedtime.

  • On weekdays I would start winding down at 11 PM and I rarely violated this rule.

  • Remember that the quality of time spent studying is more important than the quantity of time

  • spent studying.

  • Although it may seem counterintuitive, taking time away from the books for a workout, a

  • meditation session or a good night's rest will actually make med school easier for you.

  • Now with regards to studying, cramming will not work.

  • First, there is far too much information to get through in a few days before your exam.

  • I had friends who would cram and ultimately they did pass most exams but as the year went

  • on, it got harder and harder for them to keep up.

  • And when it was time for Step 1, those of us who studied a little bit every day during

  • the year fared far better than those who were cramming.

  • And that brings us to the second point, content in medical school builds off itself.

  • We know that studying a little bit every day is much more effective for long term retention

  • compared to short bursts of cramming.

  • In college this isn't as big of a deal but in med school, everything you learn is far

  • more interconnected and will ultimately be tested on Step 1 and Step 2.

  • Studying a little bit every day is like compounding interest in finances.

  • The initial benefits may not be as pronounced, but over time you will reap huge rewards.

  • Number three, reassess your priorities.

  • Wanna pick up a new sport or three?

  • How about a dance club, a public speaking course, and still going out with your friends

  • every weekend?

  • In college, this isn't too far fetched but in med school, you'll have to learn to prioritize.

  • Time is of the essence.

  • When I started medical school, I was excited to try new things with my new friends.

  • I went surfing several times, rock climbing, and I even tried running regularly on the

  • beach.

  • But ultimately it became more and more apparent that I was spreading myself way too thin.

  • While studying should be a top priority, so should your physical exercise and mental health.

  • I personally prioritize cycling, lifting at the gym and to get my creative fix, I was

  • a designer and editor at the medical school's literary magazine.

  • And later on in medical school, I also began racing my car at autocross race days.

  • So, rather than spending your time in several activities, focus yourself on just a few.

  • Be sure that at least one or more of your activities incorporate physical activity and

  • a social or community aspect.

  • By focusing on depth rather than breadth in your activities, you'll get far more out

  • of them without detracting from your medical school coursework.

  • And number four, embrace your classmates and your community.

  • The tip refers to the cultural shift that you'll experience in med school.

  • In college, you likely had friends in different majors and with different priorities, but

  • when you get to med school, everyone in your class is in the same boat.

  • We're all taking the same tests, we're all working towards the same degree and we're

  • all studying hard and grinding it out.

  • And most importantly, we're all in this together.

  • Support each other and offer a helping hand when you notice someone's struggling.

  • Don't expect someone else to.

  • I personally knew a struggling classmate, and while I initially thought that one of

  • their friends should help them, I ultimately took it upon myself to offer a helping hand.

  • And I'm really glad I did, as I later learned that student didn't have a strong support

  • system.

  • Now, on the flip side, don't be afraid to reach out to others, to be vulnerable, to

  • let your shields down.

  • Med school is a trying time and it is only human to have difficulties at some point.

  • There is no shame in asking for help.

  • Now I wanna leave you with this, first congrats on getting into medical school.

  • I wish you the best in your med school career.

  • It's one of the most challenging and rigorous types of higher education, but also the most

  • rewarding.

  • Some of my closest friendships were established and grew from my time as a medical student.

  • Now while med school is a grind, by following the practices from this channel, you will

  • be well equipped to crush it and ultimately even enjoy it.

  • If you like this video make sure you press that like button.

  • New videos every week, so hit subscribe if you have not already and I will see you guys

  • in that next one.

Congratulations on getting into medical school.

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