CRUCIAL TIPS EVERY PRE-MED STUDENT SHOULD KNOW

Jan 8, 2020 by

If you are reading this, you are either considering pursuing a career in medicine or you know of someone who does. In this article, we are going to highlight various tips that will make medical school a better experience.

  • Major ‘outside the box’

Previously, almost all students who enrolled for an undergraduate program in medical school majored in either chemistry, physics, or biology. However, times are changing and more students are pursuing arts education.

Another advantage of majoring out of the norm is, there are various programs like MN Scribe program that have come up to help pre-med students get hands-on experience before they join medical school.

  • Prepare for MCAT effectively

Medical exams are very crucial. They aim to pinpoint areas where you are good at and areas where extra attention is needed.

During MCAT preparation, take three diagnostic tests before the examination date; one as you begin your study, the other in the middle and a few days to the exam date. Get more practice tests and do them under normal exam environments.

  • Invest your time wisely

To get the most out of your years in medical school, it is advisable to invest your time wisely. One of the things you could do is to explore various medical specialties you would like to pursue after medical school.

The more you show interest in a certain specialty at the beginning of med school, the higher the chances of winning a competitive residency later.

  • One bad grade will not break you

Medical school is no joke. From the long study hours to the hard medical terminologies, you may get a grade below a B in an unit or two. This should not demoralize you.

On the contrary, it should motivate you to strive hard to be better at the subject.

What should be a cause of alarm, though, is a consistent pattern of getting grades below a B in several subjects.

  • Get out of the classroom and gain experience

Currently, getting into medical school has become more competitive. Universities are receiving medical applications in thousands every year.

Due to this competitiveness, medical schools expect pre med students to have some sort if experience in the medical field either through volunteering or as a paid worker. To stay ahead of the pack, it is best to have experience in primary care.

There are many hospitals that have programs that allow you to have interactions with patients. You could, also, look for a position at a hospice, old people’s homes or chronic-care facilities.

  • Build on professionalism

One of the best and easiest ways to learn more on how to be professional, is to set up a preceptorship. You could also consider enrolling as a medical scribe. In both these scenarios, you will shadow a knowledgeable medical practitioner over an extended period of time.

By doing so, you immerse yourself fully into the day to day life of medical practitioners and will gain great people skills, patience, and how to overcome unprecedented medical challenges.

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