The bread and butter of making it through medical school and being exceptional at it



Hello darlings! Am excited for the  Jambites,fresh medical students and even those who have being medical students long enough.
It gives me great joy to write this post especially for you because Once upon a time, i was a jambite and then a medical student like you. Today i think i can sit on the other side as an elder ( chuckles) and share with you, tips that will help you make it through medical school and be exceptional.

I will like to start by saying that medicine is not just for the very intelligent students. Contrary to what a lot of people think, An average student who is determined to work hard can be a doctor.
I will try to keep this as simple as I can.
Medics are we ready?
1. Why medicine?
What's driving you to this profession is extremely important because it will determine how long you will last on the journey.
It has to be for the right reasons . For me honestly, it was the love for the white coat and being called a doctor also because I grew up with three elder brothers who were booksmart and I always wanted to do something huge so I can be noticed and also because the best students in the class were either going for medicine or engineering.
These reasons will not take you far unless beneath that shallowness lies a special calling and a genuine love for saving lives. Which helped me persevere and sustained me throughiyt the journey.
Get your reasons right!

2.Work begins from day 1
If you are trying to be exceptional in this profession you need to start from the first day you begin your lectures. Medical school is known for "brutal cut downs" I can remember in my first year there were about 400 of us but on our induction day only 61 of us were inducted.
"There is no time to check time"
 Read! Read! Read!
You will only be given 50 to 70% information in the class, make it a habit to go back read those topics from your text books and check latest information online about said topic ( medscape is awesome)
3. Read to understand
Have you seen your textbooks? You know how big they are? All that information has to find a way into your brain and its very possible.I assume am not talking to people who want to be ordinary in the field.
Doctors are known to think fast on their feet. Your Exams as you get into clinicals are structured that way.
You have to know the fundamentals of every pathology to function.
As you come to work, there is no plan,you can meet an ulcer patient, a road traffic accident victim with cerebral haemorrage or pregnant woman with pre-eclampsia you have to be preprared enough to resuscitate and stabilize the patient at least before referring him/ her for expert care and how well you do that depend on how much knowledge you have stored up from your days in school. Don't just read to pass exams,read to understand, digest and visualise what you read,let it make sense to you. Understand the how and why.

4 You need a mentor who is a Doctor
Now am not talking about Ben Carson who is far away from you but someone you can call on phone, visit, text and he/she writes you back.
The advantage goes to those whose parents or siblings are doctors. They have the upper hand unless they are lazy and don't use the advantage.
This is one privilege I wish I had as a student. It makes it easier. You can have as many as possible and utilize them to your advantage.
My advice is, get 3 mentors
Mentor1 should be one class ahead of you. Topics that are new to you, he just passed and he will put you through, tell you what to expect from every lecturer, how to avoid common mistakes howcto prepare for the exams and you can get relevant materials from him/ her.
Mentor2  a fresh doctor ( houseofficer) he is new to the clinical practice and will help you see what areas of your theoretical work will help you in clinical practice.
Mentor3  one who has been in the profession for a couple of years if possible a consultant.
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