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How hard is medical School?

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Waleed’s Answer

Getting into medical school is difficult, grueling, strenuous and every other synonym you can think of for difficult combined. The good news is it is totally within your reach. Just because it is difficult does not make it impossible. Many students have started where you are now and felt all the things you are feeling.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Melissa:

I'm answering your question from a Mom's perspective who has a son who completed his medical residency as a Pediatrician and is now starting a fellowship program to specialize. With that said, for him going down the medical field path to becoming a doctor is extremely hard. When he was in medical school he and his friends studied together and did many relaxing things as a group/team that made it less stressful. When he got to residency across the USA in another state he made new friends and is now entering into a fellowship program. He's extremely passionate about being a Pediatrician and loves his patients. The journey has been long, hard, and EXPENSIVE but, it is achievable. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila
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Yasemin’s Answer

Hi Melissa! I am not in medical school yet but I have had two siblings go through it as well as shadowing a physician who gave some great advice! Medical school is hard, but it's about balance and being able to truly want it. One thing my physician I spoke with said to always save time for yourself to do a hobby you like and take time to relax, even if it was one day a week for a little bit. I have definitely seen my siblings struggle but their passion and resilience always showed, be sure to love the field, get involved and maintain balance throughout your undergrad. so you make strong study habits.

I hope this helps!
Best of luck!
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Geetha’s Answer

Hi Melissa,

A current medical student here and also I went through a similar program previously. It is a tough journey academically and in the sacrifices you make in your personal life. Some people are great at the balancing "act". I place the word act in quotations because it should not be termed an act. It should be a priority. As long as you learn the proper study methods and make it a point to spend time on yourself, your family, and your friends you can get through it. The best thing you can do for yourself if you are planning to pursue a medical education is learning the best techniques in time management and skillsets in studying smarter not harder. If you learn best with flashcards learn the Anki application well before starting medical school. I wish I had done this in retrospect. Also, I highly suggest learning the foundational material very well. Spend time learning anatomy, histology, physiology, and biochemistry as best as you can. If you are an undergrad currently, I highly recommend learning chemistry, biology, and organic chemistry well! Use the time in undergrad to learn how to study properly and especially what works the best for you. And, the best advice I can give you is to understand yourself and your abilities academically well in your undergraduate career. This will be beneficial to you, in the long run, no matter what career you choose for yourself. The best time to make mistakes is earlier in your life to learn from them properly so you don't have a future of regrets. Good luck and wish you all the best!

Dr. H
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