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  • They say medical school are the four roughest years of your schooling life.

  • The immense volume, complex physiology, and sleepless nights are a recipe for misery.

  • Or are there?

  • Here's how you can actually enjoy medical school and even make it the best 4 years of

  • your academic career.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • I know I'm not the only one when I say that medical school was my favorite 4 years of

  • schooling.

  • Sure, high school was care-free and relatively easy, college was all about exploration and

  • growing independent, but medical school offers something unique.

  • Believe me when I say you aren't doomed to being miserable for all 4 years.

  • My own experience was different from most, but there are still principles that will apply

  • to you.

  • College was fun and I did enjoy it, but the experience was tainted by some health and

  • family struggles.

  • There was certainly more free time and more partying, but the subject matter of classes

  • wasn't always focused on areas of interest.

  • And while college pushed and challenged me, medical school helped me discover what I was

  • capable of and grow into the person that I am today.

  • If you focus on and appreciate these unique benefits, you'll find yourself in a much better

  • mental space.

  • Here are the 4 factors that, if you focus on properly, will transform your medical school

  • experience.

  • The first and most obvious difference from college to medical school is the subject matter

  • you're studying.

  • As a college student, you have to deal with GE's and other mandatory classes that have

  • little to do with practicing medicine.

  • But in medical school, just about everything you study is highly relevant, and that alone

  • makes the material more engaging.

  • A big reason many students find themselves bored with class is the materials seem to

  • lack relevance or significance.

  • You may complain that learning some obscure organic chemistry nuance isn't important.

  • There's much less of that in medical school.

  • There will be some unnecessary details and you will be studying much harder in medical

  • school, but on average you'll enjoy your classes more.

  • And sure, you'll enjoy some classes more than others, but that's expected.

  • I loved cardiology, neurology, and GI, for example, but I was less enamored by renal.

  • You'll find your own most and least favorite blocks.

  • But at least you don't have to do mandatory English classes or other classes that seem

  • way out in left field.

  • The depth with which you approach each of these organ systems will also be rewarding

  • in and of itself.

  • It's amazing to understand the physiology of every human that has ever lived, including

  • yourself.

  • When you come across information about the body or health, you'll get a kick out of knowing

  • exactly what's being discussed and even being able to think a few layers deeper.

  • You'll look back on the process and be amazed how much about the human body you learned

  • in a short period of time.

  • Once you get to your clinical rotations as a third and fourth year, you'll be able to

  • apply all the knowledge you've accumulated to patient care.

  • That alone is incredibly satisfying.

  • As a premed, it's necessary to spend a considerable amount of time pursuing relevant extracurriculars.

  • Between the clinical experiences, volunteer hours, leadership, and research, you'll find

  • yourself pulled in multiple different directions from an academic perspective.

  • One of the under-appreciated factors in medical school is that you don't have to worry about

  • any of that, except for research of course.

  • Other extracurriculars are far less important for your residency application.

  • This also translates to much more control over your schedule, at least during the first

  • two years of medical school.

  • If your school has mandatory class, that's generally just half a day, after which you

  • can spend your time however you please.

  • If class isn't mandatory, many students opt to skip, self-study, and unlock even more

  • free time in their day.

  • I have many fond memories of studying with my friends in the medical school after class,

  • bumping hip hop late into the night studying for anatomy tests in the cadaver lab, and

  • even the occasional late night shenanigans when we felt mentally fried.

  • When clinical rotations rolled around, I realized how nice it was to have a flexible schedule.

  • As a third and fourth year, you'll have little control over your schedule.

  • You spend most of the time in the hospital, you're working on your own, and you can't

  • control who you're on rotation with.

  • And even if it is your friend, you'll be spending most of your time working with your residents

  • and attendings, not your classmates.

  • There's something magical about studying hard with friends, having a shared struggle, and

  • maintaining control over your schedule.

  • Your clinical years will have a different set of perks and drawbacks, but you'll remained

  • focused on becoming a better physician and learning the clinical practice of medicine.

  • After all, it's what you came to medical school forto learn how to treat patients in

  • the clinical setting.

  • You may have noticed some change amongst your peers going from high school to college.

  • That contrast is even more stark from college to medical school.

  • I was amazed by the diversity, talent, and character of individuals in my medical school

  • class.

  • It was impressive.

  • We had former olympians, highly accomplished artists, mountaineers who had climbed Everest,

  • and so much more.

  • You'll be surrounded by interesting and impressive individuals that you can certainly learn from.

  • Unlike college, not everyone is going to be your age either.

  • You'll have many non-traditional classmates with prior careers and families who are now

  • pursuing a passion, and they have unique life experience you can learn from.

  • And because you're with people with similar life ambitions and goals, you'll make many

  • close friendships that will last a lifetime.

  • Last, medical school offers a unique stimulus for self growth and development.

  • Through the pressure cooker that is medical school, you'll be forced to grow in more than

  • one way.

  • Your resilience will develop rapidly to handle the ups and downs of medical school.

  • Given the tight time constraints, you'll find yourself pushing your own productivity and

  • efficiency, building systems to get more done in less time that will help you throughout

  • your life.

  • But perhaps most importantly, you'll find yourself facing more important questions about

  • who you are.

  • College is very much about building independence, but many of us are still reliant on external

  • factors of validation from our social groups.

  • That's simply part of the natural developmental process in late adolescence to early adulthood.

  • As you transition to medical school and push yourself further, you'll find yourself becoming

  • more comfortable in your own skin and have a deeper understanding of who you are.

  • You'll grow intimately familiar with your faults, and hopefully grow to accept them.

  • You'll discover your strengths and lean into them to further improve and learn.

  • This was my favorite part of medical school, as it was during these four years that I became

  • who I am today.

  • I developed authentic confidence, knowing I could accomplish whatever I set my mind

  • to.

  • I grew more efficient, productive, and intentional with my time and energy.

  • I explored dating and what I wanted in a life partner.

  • I confronted fears like public speaking and overcame them.

  • I loved medical school and I hope it can be a phenomenal experience for you as well.

  • The grind is hard, but remember your attitude and interpretation of events is more important

  • than the actual events themselves.

  • If you appreciate these four factors, you'll be much happier throughout your medical school

  • career.

  • If you're still in college and want to know how to make the most out of your college experience,

  • optimizing for both enjoyment and successful admission to a top medical school, check out

  • my Premed Roadmap to Medical School Acceptance course.

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  • If you enjoyed this video, check out my video comparing college to medical school in depth.

  • Much love, and I'll see you guys there.

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