SNAPCHAT Q&A: Dealing with Failure in Med School and another FAQs | Med School Q&A Session

My question is: how do you overcome
the graphic nature of the industry.Thanks! I personally don’t mind it at all- in fact
I’m fascinated by it. But I understand not everyone is enthused
by the blood and the guts and everything. That doesn’t mean you won’t make a good
doctor though- there are many fields within medicine where you don’t deal with a ton
of bodily fluids. For instance, I shadowed a nephrologists in
his private practice where he didn’t have to open anyone up or deal with the so-called
“graphic” stuff. Same with my psych rotation. You might find it surprising that some medical
students pass out in their first surgery or their first anatomy dissection lab and that’s
totally okay. You either get used to it or you pick a specialty
where you don’t have to deal with that every day. Question: In medical school, how long do each
rotation last like surgical, pediatrics, etc? It depends on the school! At my school, you have 8 weeks for medicine,
8 weeks for surgery- and most of the other rotations are 6 weeks. So psychiatry, pediatrics, ob/gyn, family
medicine are all 6 weeks. We also have 5 weeks for elective and 3 weeks
for neuro. Hi! I just wanted to ask you if you have any tips
on studying for anatomy. There is so many latin words like OH MY GOD. I think the best tip to keep in mind that
NOT ALL the structures are equally important. There are certain structures that are more
prone to injury or are more relevant to certain disease processes and THOSE are the ones that
will most likely show up on exams. That said, I think the best way to prepare
for anatomy practicals and exams is to see the structures in person as much as possible-
so that means going into the cadaver lab as many times as you can. Make sure you go in with a partner so you
guys can quiz each other. Another way to study is to use a 3D anatomy
app or a textbook to simulate a real cadaver. The app that I recommend is essential anatomy
from Apple app store and the textbook I recommend is the Color Atlas of Anatomy textbook. This textbook has actual photographs of dissected
cadavers so it’s a good substitution for when you can’t actually go into the lab
physically. Hey girl, besides studying and youtube I was
wondering what groups are you involved in on campus, extracurricular and that stuff. As 3rd and 4th year med students, we don’t
do as much extracurricular stuff on campus because we spend most of our time at the hospital. Most of the clubs and organizations are geared
towards first two years of med school. So I’ll talk about what I did the first
two years. I did the a capella group- I’m in between
an alto and a soprano so I sang in both parts depending on the need; I did a student mentor
thing where I met with a pre-med student regularly and gave advice on how to be a successful
med school candidate- my mentee actually just started his first year of med school so I’m
super happy about that. Another extracurricular activity I did is
the school merchandise- so I was involved in a team of people who designed and sold
school merchandise like wine glasses, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc. I also did research with a sports medicine
department at my school during the summer between first and second year. Hey Jamie, I just wanted to know, as a first
year medical school student, is it even worth starting to study for step 1 and looking thru
first aid and everything. The short answer to this question is NO. Here’s the long answer: I think it’s important
to lay a strong foundation so that you don’t have to teach yourself an entire concept from
scratch come step studying time. That said, for me, I felt like focusing on
my school work was enough to lay that strong foundation. I barely even thought about STEP 1 during
my first year. At this point in your medical education, I
don’t think you learn the pathophysiology quite enough to be able to answer step1 level
questions. I would definitely recommend starting questions
in your second year as you learn each subject. During the first year, I would focus on learning
the physiology and biochem really well if those are part of your first year curriculum. I really think the best thing to do during
first year is to establish a good study system and/or a study group that you trust. Enjoy spending time with your classmates and
figure out a good daily routine that can set you up for success for the rest of your medical
school career. Hey have you ever faced failure in med school
or in high school and how did you deal with it So thankfully, I haven’t failed anything
YET… but as I go through med school, I face that fear of failure pretty much before every
exam or before any evaluation I receive. I give myself little pep talks pretty frequently-
telling myself that I’ve done everything I needed to do and that I just have to trust
myself to perform the way I’ve been practicing. I know exam anxiety is a real thing and it
can affect the way you perform on a test. So going in with the confidence that you are
capable of doing well can really make a difference. I think the best way to deal with failure
is to directly address WHY you failed. Most professors and upperclassmen that I’ve
talked to are always eager to help you succeed in med school. So if you’ve failed, ask yourself: Did I
do enough practice questions? Did I know enough of the “high yield”
materials? If you don’t know what’s high yield and
what’s not, are you meeting with TAs or professors on a regular basis to get a sense
of what THEY think is important for you to know? I personally think the best way to deal with
failure is to accept your mistakes and fix them for the next time. I’m wondering how many hours do spend studying
daily and how long did it take you to get used to the fast paced work load of med school I’ll answer this question from the perspective
of a 1st or 2nd year medical student because that’s when you do the bulk of your sit-down
studies. To tell you the truth, I feel like I studied
so much more in undergrad compared to now. I think I’m way more efficient at studying
now than I was in undergrad. I used to do a lot of all-nighters and intense
cramming in undergrad. In med school, I still felt like there were
days when I was “cramming” but I would be doing it like 2 weeks before the exam–
so is that really cramming? I don’t know. There’s just a lot of things to know in
med school. But one thing I do differently in med school
now is I stay on top of my study material EVERY DAY. I never EVER do all-nighters because it just
throws my whole schedule off for couple days- I’m older now so it’s not as easy to recover. I think overall, there’s more material to
study, but you adapt your study skills to be able to handle them better so somehow it
became more manageable at least for me. So I’m gonna end the vlog here! Thank you guys so much for watching. I hope I answered some of your questions. I’ll continue to answer some of the questions I’ll continue to answer some of the leftover snapchat questions in a future vlog Or maybe I’ll make a dedicated video for it. I’m not sure yet. Please like and subscribe if you haven’t already and I will see you guys next video! Byeeeeeeeee

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