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how should one manage stress when prepping for medical school?

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the MCAT, i am told, requires almost a full semester of study time before, how do you deal with that? #graduate-school #medical-school #time-management

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Rachel’s Answer

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I recommend the Princeton Review MCAT prep course. Study for the test like it is college course. Every day for several hours for a semester. Take as many practice tests as possible.

When you have a plan, sometimes that helps to control the sense of anxiety and helplessness.
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sahar’s Answer

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First congrats on entering medical school... I'd say stress is part of our life regardless of what major or specialty you're in... a couple of steps to consider to deal with stress is :

  1. Change the way you look at stress, so instead of letting stress get into you try to look at it as a challenge to push yourself, go out of your comfort zone and be more resilient.
  2. Stress usually is a result of lack pf preparation and readiness, so try as much as you can to be proactive about your assignments, exam study, and attendance of lectures
  3. Its good to release stress from time to time through physical activities, such as outdoor Jogging or walking, Gym if the weather is not that great, a hobby you like, or even catching up with a friend over coffee all could help to recharge
  4. keep the focus on your end result (Graduation) and always remember that if it was easy everyone have had done it. This way you would find the determination and energy to keep going and overcome the everyday challenges you would come across.
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Ernest’s Answer

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When it comes to managing stress, there are many methods that can work for a variety of people, situations and not just limited to preparing for medical school. One method I recommend is 'Meditation'. Meditation can be done at almost anytime and anywhere. You are not limited by physical ability. It is a matter of taking time for you self. I have done meditation for several years and have found it helpful in helping me cope with stress in the workplace, relationships and at home. Another method that I have actually participate in on a regular basis is Yoga. The challenge may be finding the right type of yoga for you, but it is an option that will help you not just mentally, but physically also.

Note: Access to meditation via an app like Insight Timer can make it easy to get started. There may be others also. Try different types of yoga to get the fit that works for you.

Ernest recommends the following next steps:

  • Download Insight Timer for free beginner and guided meditation options.
  • Yoga online and trials can be found on Youtube and local yoga studios.
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Richard’s Answer

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Time management is key. Between lecture, lab and studying, the first 2 years will be grueling. Make sure to leave time for yourself to exercise, eat right and even some socializing.

There will be times during 3rd and 4th year when you will be frustrated by your continued lack of skills and knowledge but just remember that there will be plenty of time to master your specialty during residency.
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