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  • You can't buy happiness with material objects, but they sure can help make medical school

  • much more manageable and far less painful. Here are my 7 favorites.

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com. You don't need me to rehash the list of

  • items you know you need for medical school, like a stethoscope. These are the items that

  • are often overlooked, either in not purchasing them or not investing enough in getting quality

  • products. Links to all of these recommended items are in the description.

  • If you've never tried studying with two screens rather than one, your mind will be

  • blown once you do. Doing so allows you to more easily tackle projects that require multiple

  • simultaneous windows, which are actually most tasks. Maybe you're watching a video of

  • lecture and taking notes on the other monitor, for example. Or perhaps looking up research

  • articles and reading PDF's on one monitor, and writing a manuscript on the other.

  • If you're deep into the Apple ecosystem like I am, you can even do this with your

  • Mac and iPad, whereby your iPad serves as the additional monitor. There used to be apps

  • for this, but now it's baked into iOS 14 through Sidecar and is seamless.

  • I studied a great deal at my medical school in the small classrooms, and we were lucky

  • that there were 1 or 2 TV's in each. By simply bringing my own cable to school, I

  • would be able to dual screen my laptop, getting all the benefits of a second monitor without

  • the added cost or bulk of carrying one. I got more done this way and could even share

  • notes or slides with my study buddy. Medical students are crunched for time, and

  • that's why I emphasize productivity and efficiency so heavily. Whenever possible,

  • you should seek to automate and delegate tasks to free up your own time. Hiring a maid service

  • can get prohibitively costly quickly, but investing up front in a robot vacuum for a

  • couple hundred dollars is well worth it, particularly when that robot vacuum works for years and

  • saves you countless hours of vacuuming yourself. iRobot is considered the leader in the space,

  • but I've had great results with SharkIQ at a fraction of the price. It will even automatically

  • go back to the base station to empty out its contents.

  • Since studying will be such a central focus and large chunk of your day, you want to invest

  • in items that serve that purpose, either making it more comfortable, enjoyable, or effective.

  • A large part of that is the desk you use. But as a broke medical student, I figured

  • taking an IKEA jerker and fixing it at a higher height would be best. Back then, motorized

  • standing desks were far too expensive for me to justify. I used a standing desk in all

  • of medical school, but it was a fixed desk at a fixed height, and I didn't use a seat

  • or stool. By having a seat, I figured I'd be tempted to almost always sit, thus defeating

  • the purpose of the standing desk. I recently bought a motorized base for $200

  • that goes under my table top, thus converting a regular IKEA desk into a fully functional

  • motorized standing desk. I only wish I did this sooner, as I get the benefits of both.

  • I'll be giving an updated office tour on my personal channel. Link in the description.

  • Optimizing your studying also means blocking out distractions, including distracting noises.

  • It's for this reason that noise cancelling headphones or earbuds are a must for medical

  • students. I find my AirPods Pro convenient, effective at blocking external noise, and

  • sounding good enough for my portable listening needs. The issue with earbuds is that some

  • people find them uncomfortable over longer listening periods. The alternative is noise

  • cancelling headphones, which trade portability for improvements in comfort and sound. I recommend

  • the Sony WH-1000XM4's for this purpose. When studying at home, I found it preferable

  • to get nice speakers, or studio monitors. As I cover in my video on the effect of music

  • and studying, certain types of music can minimize any detrimental effect on focus and memory

  • consolidation while making studying more enjoyable. Invest in a quality pair, as they can serve

  • you for years. I'm still using my same set of Emotiva Airmotiv 4 studio monitors 9 years

  • later. In the pursuit of eating healthy and saving

  • time, slow cookers and instant pots are life savers. If you're often too lazy to cook,

  • like I am, then slow cookers or multicookers reduce the friction. You simply throw in a

  • handful of ingredients, set the temperature and time, and are welcomed to a delicious

  • and nutritious meal later in the day or the next morning.

  • I started off with a Crock-Pot, which was a good way to dabble, but once my girlfriend

  • of the time introduced me to Instant Pots, which have a pressure cooker functionality,

  • I was an instant convert. While slow cookers like the Crock-Pot require some planning ahead,

  • the Instant Pot's pressure function allows for quick cooking and last-minute decisions.

  • Sleep is one of the three pillars in maximizing your performance in medical schoolthe

  • other two being nutrition and exercise. But it's strange most of us don't prioritize it

  • the way we should. Once I upgraded to a quality memory foam mattress in medical school, my

  • sleep was instantly better and back pain greatly reduced.

  • You don't have to spend an arm and a leg on a mattress either. I was actually blown away

  • by the very affordable Spa Sensations 12" mattress from Walmart, which I found more

  • comfortable even compared to many more expensive options.

  • Without having a water bottle nearby, you're likely to find yourself dehydrated, which

  • can impair your focus and performance. My obsession with finding the best water bottle

  • is a bit strange, but here's what I've learned. First, it should be made out of metal, as

  • even BPA-free plastic can still leech other chemicals into the water. Second, large capacity

  • means you can adequately stay hydrated without running out of water or wasting too much time

  • making trips to refill. And third, the mouth piece should be entirely covered when not

  • in use. I found out the hard way why that one's important. My go-to and daily driver

  • is the Takeya 40z insulated. Those who follow me on Instagram or on my

  • other YouTube channel, Kevin Jubbal, M.D., know that earlier this year I got majorly

  • obsessed with tea. I had dabbled with coffee in medical school at the beginning of my fourth

  • year, but quickly realized that the gastrointestinal effects weren't suited to my sensitive gut.

  • Plus, the jittery wired feeling from coffee wasn't really my jam.

  • High quality loose leaf tea, not the tea bags you buy at the grocery store, is now my favorite

  • drink of choice. The tastes are varied and amazing, but more importantly, tea contains

  • a combination of caffeine and L-theanine. This ultimately results in a calm, focused

  • state. If you want to dive into good tea and see

  • what you've been missing, I'll be making an introduction video on my personal channel,

  • including all the gadgets to buy and where to source your tea from.

  • There are a few other considerations I want you to keep in mind.

  • First, you'll be spending a great deal of time at your desk studying, and you should

  • optimize that space appropriately with a second monitor, comfortable chair, standing option,

  • and so on. But don't forget that how you set up your desk is also critical. You can have

  • the best products but if they're not set up with proper ergonomics, you'll find yourself

  • having aches and pains. Second, I wish I spent more money freeing

  • up my time. Because I had no income and had student loans, I was too reluctant to spend

  • money on a cleaning service or even a robovacuum, and only began getting groceries delivered

  • at the end of medical school. Third, where you live is hugely important

  • and should not be taken lightly. Does your apartment complex have a gym so you can squeeze

  • a quick workout in when you're crunched for time? Is it close to your medical school or

  • hospitals? Reducing commuting time will be key, and it's even better if you can ride

  • a bicycle to get exercise in. Are you close to friends? The importance of social support

  • cannot be overstated. And last, I bought various products to improve

  • my sleep quality in medical school, and I'm so glad I did. From blackout curtains to smart

  • lights to white noise machines, I cover not only the products that will help you sleep

  • better, but also the science and behavior change to sleep better than you thought possible.

  • For sleep products, watch this video, or watch my entire sleep playlist. Much love, and I'll

  • see you guys there.

You can't buy happiness with material objects, but they sure can help make medical school

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