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How to succeed in medical school

Asked Poughquag, New York

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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Sean’s Answer


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:

  • Eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit Netflix to almost nothing
  • Use your spare time to socialize with friends, take a walk, visit a national park.
Sean - Thank you for your answer. We need more advice like this, now more than ever! There are more than 1k unanswered questions on CV right now. Hoping you'll answer a few more this week!
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