I am writing this now as a second year medical student in san beda university who just finished her 10 exams in 4 days with an upcoming 2 exams more that was just rescheduled to next saturday (yeeeey~).
As of now, i still have two case papers to write and one case presentation to prepare for and all are due on monday but i’ve been looking forward to making time to writing for non-acads stuff again so here goes.
1. Buy your most essential school supplies!
You need your weapon(s) to fight the battle. This means you should be armed with your sword and armor that will be only found at your favorite bookstore. My most prepared self would most likely be equipped with the following shopping list:
- Continuous Printer (Mine’s a Brother Printer)
- Bond Paper (Reams of them! To print your transes)
- Highlightersss and other writing utensils (i wasn’t a fan of highlighters back in YL1 but multicolored highlighting came very handy for me in YL2)
- Laptop or iPad/Tablet (this is a NEED because there are plenty of activities done with the use of technology nowadays)
- Books [one perk was i got to call the classic authors by name as if we were close friends.. “ano nga ba yun yung sabi ni ‘Jun Q’?” (Jun Q stands for Junqueira hehehe twas just my thing so i can enjoy studying histology)]
2. Befriend upperclassmen and your classmates.
Medschool doesn’t have to be a time for isolation and self-discovery. Keep in touch with your upperclassmen (in san beda, we meet them during integration) and don’t hesitate to ask for tips and advice on handling academic and even non-academic problems. I’m sure your ates and kuyas will be very accommodating to you! trust me 😉 If you’re lucky, have a professor doctor as your mentor (mine’s from a different institution and she has helped me a LOT of times)
Also, don’t be afraid to go outside the scenery of your dorm room and study out with classmates in the library, coffee shops and co-working places of the city. Although, just make sure that they have the same priorities as you do since it could be very difficult to group study if no one in your group is prepared to do so. yes, it means that you need to study before meeting as a group 🙂
3. Work in harmony with almost everyone as much as you can.
This is a skill that you would learn with time as you interact with people and learn to work with them towards a common goal. In medschool, it’s usually working on case presentations and keeping the transcription system. Conflicts are inevitable but it doesn’t hurt to think twice about that message you’re just about to tweet. 🙂 Medicine will teach you humility.
4. Again with that last sentence, Humility. Keep it.
Only with humility that you will learn and humility will teach you how to be a very good doctor. You may be perfecting almost all exams now but this will not exempt you from facing challenges in other aspects like participating in small group discussions, doing the right procedure during OSCE or taking a very good history and neuro PE on a patient actor. We will all have our firsts but be willing to learn from these mistakes and be your better self next time around!
5. Do not give up, ever.
When you entered medicine, just make sure that you know ‘why you are studying medicine.’ Because i tell you that it’s very easy to lose sight of the goal when you’re in the darkness. They said that if you could imagine yourself being in another career path, it’s better if you don’t waste your blood, sweat and tears studying medicine. That’s why you need to tell yourself that you can’t see yourself doing anything else other than giving your entire young adulthood to Medicine and getting that MD plus all other fellowships to societies beside your name.
That’s all I have to share for now. If you have questions, feel free to comment below! I’ll be happy to help.
Also, if you have any suggestions on any topic you want me to write about, feel free to let me know!