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  • Writer's pictureJimmie Lewis III


I hope my following is having a great morning and a great week so far. I finished my first year of medical school on April 30th 2021 and will begin my second year on May 18th 2021. I would like to thank everyone who has prayed/supported me and continues to pray/support for me on this tough but rewarding journey. Now it is time to recap my first year and give tips for individuals considering or matriculating into podiatry school/medical school this upcoming semester.

  1. Be patient in finding your best study methodology Everyone begins the first year of medical school with incredible desires and inspiration.. During the initial few weeks, however, it is not difficult to get confounded about what technique to use to dominate a mind-boggling measure of new material. You want to succeed, but where do you start? Should you study the way you did in undergraduate courses? Should you review Anki cards or should you go to lectures? What books and questions banks would it be advisable for you to purchase? You may find that ten people will tell you ten different ways to optimize you're learning; this is on the grounds that there are huge numbers of approaches that will all result in a great medical education. So what strategies should you implement, and how can you say whether your strategies are helping your potential test grades? Actually there is no basic answer, and tracking down your best practices may take a longer time than you expect. Some students find a study routine quickly. However, it took me some time to discover my examination strategy for certain classes. I just do the best I can in certain classes with the current technique that works for me and some I simply just accept circumstances for what they are.

2. No loners, have a wolf pack.

Be social; get out to as many of the kickbacks as possible (well at the beginning of the year at least). No one can tell you who in your class will become your bestfriend, study partner or greatest cheerleader during rough times. More importantly, your classmates are special and assorted by their own doing each carrying something to the table that will make you a superior doctor. You have the ability to change things and be a class of partners. This is what I mean:

If you’re like me you like to study alone and learn the material by yourself. Frequently this is a productive technique however I wouldn't risk going into your tests not working with your classmates at all before the exam. I studied by myself but the week before an exam; I would review with my classmates and it is amazing what some of them picked up as important, need to know concepts whereas I brushed them aside in my original studying. So feel free to collaborate with classmates!!

3. What a great help older student can be

Make friends with older students! When it comes to med school, you are left in obscurity with a great deal of things and aren't provided a good amount of guidance as you're left to find a ton of things for yourself. The greatest help to get through first year is definitely second year students. Simply think, they've experienced all that you're going thorugh: they’ve had to figure out how to adjust, what to learn, they've already sat and passed.. therefore they can defintely give tips and notes that can be helpful as a first year student.

4. Be Selfish with your Time

At the point when you're studying, studying!!! At the point when you're unwinding. At the point when you have individual time, no distractions.Set limits and cling to them.

It is very easy to study 24/7 and lose touch with yourself along with family and friends while in medical school but you don’t want to go down this route. Your loved ones and your support group will be the ones who help you in the rough times you may encounter. I have flown home several times to see my sons and family or my girlfriend has flown out to Miami several times just to give me moral support after a rough test week.

You may need to restrict your correspondences with others however don’t shutdown completely where all you know is your textbooks and nothing else. Medical school is about studying very hard, yet having balance.

In particular, with selfishness, it implies being laser centered around the main job and not performing various tasks. Subsequently, in the event that you intend to require a night off from the books be self centered and enjoy; don't lounge around and want to intellectually analyze your personal time.

5. Humility.

You’ll learn very soon that there are some very narcissistic individuals in medicine.Try not to become like them. Have humility because although throughout your life you may have been the best at everything you’ve done, medical school unites every individual who is awesome. My mentors tell me all the time. "PASS AND WORRY ABOUT MASTERING THE KNOWLEDGE! DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE GRADES" A modest individual is one who admits when the tasks are greater than him and seeks help when needed. Trust me when I tell you uncertainty and vulnerability will occur but it will not make you less than anyone else. Medical school will test your limit thus significantly more. In case you're feeling overpowered whether from private matters, scholarly difficulties, social concerns or essentially acclimating to medical school...reach out to friends, counselors, faculty because everyone is on your side and willing to do whatever it takes so you can be the best doctor possible.

These are my five tips in a nut shell to survive the first year of medial school especially at Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. Continue to check out my content and be great!

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