Being a medical student for more than 3 years, I guess I’m qualified enough to write this post, haha!
Life as a medical student ain’t easy. Once you enter this field, be ready for a challenging rollercoaster ride! But it’s going to be worth it. If you’re passionate about medicine, you will derive pleasure from all the pain, you’ll draw energy & strength from the obstacles you face. And hey! You’ll become a doctor! Saving lives for a living, it can’t get any better!
The first point I’d like to emphasise on is- Be organised. It will get a lot easier & better for you if you have a plan,a schedule & an organised lifestyle. I know I know, it’s easier said than done. I’m not saying it’s possible to be 100% perfect & organised (unless you have an OCD 😛 ) but try your best. 🙂 Make notes, organise your books, plan your study periods & clinics …
Medical life is where the saying ‘Practice makes a man perfect,’ holds cent percent true! Attending clinics, seeing a variety of patients & examining them, practising the procedures you’re needed to know as a doctor( Eg: Checking BP, reflexes etc) will make you a good clinician. Knowledge is important, but clinical practice is as important too. Make it mandatory to attend your clinical postings daily.
Mark my words-You will make some of the best friends you’ve ever had during your life as a medical student. They will become your soulmates, friends whom you can trust, who will love you & care for you, friends who will be your partners in crime, friends who will remain close to your heart forever! You’ll will spend a lot of time together, sharing thoughts, views & ideas over lunch , during academic discussions or those vacations you’ll will have together. Make the most of it, balance your life. These golden years will never come back. If you’re studying in India, do NOT miss the AIIMS trip in the 2nd year. It will be an unforgettable trip you’ll cherish for lifetime. I’ve had some of the BEST memories in the last 3 years!
It’s not only about knowledge, but your skills count too. Talking & interacting with patients is an art, which cannot be mastered in a day. Talk to as many patients as you can. It will really help you to become an excellent practitioner.
Remember your school days where getting a 90%, getting an A+ was so important? And you were amongst the top 10 in class? As a medical student, the only word your eyes will long to see on your result is ‘PASS.’ Yes, passing ain’t easy..but it’s not that difficult too. If you’re regular with your clinical postings, studies & know sufficient theory you need to know as per your year/subjects, you will do well 🙂
Soon you will be wearing the crisp white apron, with a Littmann stethoscope.. walking in the hospital like a boss! The satisfaction you will get on treating a patient or saving a life will be your biggest gift.
Life as a medical student has its own ups & downs. But believe me, these will be one of the best years of your life. Who doesn’t face obstacles in life? But it’s our duty to pick up the roses & leave aside the thorns. Don’t take too much stress, keep going..balance your life & you’ll enjoy this beautiful journey of being a doctor. Let the passion of medicine inside you shine bright. Be joyful, be happy. Embrace the challenges & I’m sure you’ll emerge a winner!