Succeed at Med School
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Macleod’s Clinical Examination
Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
Guyton & Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology
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Rang & Dales Pharmacology
The Top 100 Drugs
Interview with Dr David Randall and Dr Adam Feather
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We hope that these tips from medical students who have gone before you, and snippets of content from us will give you what you need to get through your first year. Make sure you share this with your fellow freshers!Everyone’s smart at med school, so chill out
So, you were probably one of the smartest kids at your school. But here’s the thing — that’s probably true of all your classmates too. Why does this matter? Because when you’re sitting in that first biology class or anatomy tutorial and someone says a 20-letter word in what seems to be a different language, it’s important not to freak out. In fact, chill out. And say hi. That person is probably the one who’s going to help you pass your first exam!
Your friends probably already think you’re a doctor, and your family hopes you’ll become a successful one. And that’s a good way to think, and act. While you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously, thinking like a Junior Doctor will help you become a Junior Doctor. Here are my top three reasons why:
- Junior Doctors are responsible for looking after others. But if you don’t look after yourself first, you can’t care for anyone else. Make sure you devote enough time to your own physical and mental wellbeing.
- Junior Doctors work in teams. If there is one tip to help you succeed and not just survive at medical school, it is to find your team. Find your study team. Find your party team. And find your non-medical team.
- Junior Doctors know they need to keep learning. And you will too. Your learning curve will be so steep. So yes, you need to learn. But you also need to learn to keep learning.
Remember that smart person from the previous page? The one that’s going to get you through your first exam? Chances are they will help you get through your degree as well. And probably your career. Your cohort will become your study buddies at uni, your trusted advisors, and your network once you all specialise. And who knows? They may even become your lifelong friends!
Being a good doctor isn’t just about how smart or how technical you are. It’s much easier if you’re genuinely interested in people. Communication is key. Good doctors have good listening skills
Tips for effective communication
- Speak clearly and audibly
- Ask open questions to start with
- Don’t interrupt your patient
- Try and appear unhurried
- Use silence to encourage explanations
- Do not use jargon or emotive words
- Find out about your patient as a person
- Clarify and summarise what you understand (you may need to do this more than once)
- Make sure the story makes sense to you (keep seeking facts until it does)
- Acknowledge emotions
- Seek ideas, concerns and expectations
- Negotiate mutual goals
- Macleod’s Clinical Examination, Thirteenth Edition table 2.3