As a first-year med student, don’t forget to make time for yourself outside of medical school.
At every panel during our orientation week, whether it was composed of older students, faculty, or clinicians, every first-year med student asked the same two questions:
- What tips do you have for succeeding with med school studying?
- How do you maintain balance in your lives with medical school classes?
Answers ranged from “be sure to attend lectures by Dr. A, but not by Dr. B” or “go to the beach every single day,” but the advice that stuck out the most to me as a first-year med student was:
Know what you value the most and never offer it up as a sacrifice to medical school classes.
Some of these values included: sacred Saturday date nights with a spouse, weekly beach volleyball, and frequent visits with family. Regardless of the specifics, all of the panelists (who all seemed to lead well-balanced lives) built academic careers around what they valued most—and they still managed to do a lot of med school studying.
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