Getting ahead before starting Med School

By | January 10, 2015

If you just got accepted to Med School and you're wondering what you can do in those last few months to get ahead before school starts, you're not alone. There's an overwhelming urge sometimes to panic if you're headed for Med School, but first step: don't! Firstly, ask yourself if you really want to get ahead or if you'd rather take a break. Some people prefer to take a break the summer before Med School - sleep, travel, volunteer, etc. But this page is geared for those that want to get ahead. As a Med Student, I once asked how to get ahead and found very few answers. Now that I've gone through the process, I wanted to write up some concrete ways you can get ahead.

Here's what I would recommend:

  1. Grab yourself a copy of First Aid for the USMLE - this book is the bible for Med students studying for board exams, which is like MCATs for Med School.
  2. Download and start using Anki - Med School is 3 parts memorization and 1 part endurance. Learn how to use Anki for studying flashcards.
  3. Become familiar with how a hospital works - read up on hospital administration, how doctors are paid, how patients pay for healthcare, etc. Even if you go into private practice, Med School takes place at a hospital, and having this knowledge will help.
  4. Compile a list of your interests - you'll want to hit the ground running. Gather your interests and check out what resources are at your Med School. Research faculty that do research in your area of interest and send them a note to see if they have any opportunities, for example.
  5. Find a friend at your new Med School - most Med Schools have Facebook pages. Find someone who is willing to be your friend and answer questions you have. This will be useful not only now but once you arrive and have questions.
  6. YouTube - watch lectures! There are many, many great channels of Med School lectures.
  7. Subscribe to NEJM and JAMA - these are the two most popular journals and you'll want to get used to browsing them on a weekly or monthly basis to stay on top of cutting edge medical knowledge.

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