How to succeed in medical school
I am planning on attending medical school but have heard that it can be mentally and emotionally draining. What is the best advice for not only doing well academically but also being mentally healthy in medical school?
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Rachel, you already have what it takes to make it through medial school. Your motivation to make a clear decision of what career path you want to take is the starting point of being focused to complete medical school. Likewise, it is necessary for you to have a great deal of self-efficacy as you engage in your courser work. Never fall into the trap of thinking you are not smart enough for the course work. And, only focus on the positive outcomes of why you want to be a doctor. To help with mental pressures of school, you should engage in some sort of fitness activity on a daily basis, even if its for short amount of time. For example, you can jog in the morning, or take a quick walk before your day starts. Moreover, keeping in touch with family and friends helps you stay social, which is also paramount to mental health. Remember, negative minded people will also have an natural impact on your own mental outlook. To combat this, you should understand that other peoples actions and negativity can sway your emotions (Rock & Schwartz, 2006). Therefore, tell yourself that you are motivated, that you are in charge of your own emotions, and prepared to meet the challenges of school at all times.
Rock, D., & Schwartz, J. (2006). The neuroscience of leadership. Strategy+ business, 43.
Sean recommends the following next steps:
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.
That said, you should make some time for friends and community too. Otherwise, you can get depressed and feel very isolated.