Anybody else not finding med school that difficult/time consuming?

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The first week was a bit difficult, just because they seemed to throw a lot of stuff at you while you were trying to figure out what was going on. Now that we've settled into the system, it all seems very manageable. I don't think I'd compare it to "drinking from a firehouse". It's more like "undergrad on steroids". Anybody else feel the same way? Still time consuming, but very doable.
 
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What med school?
I hope I applied there ;)
 

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It's obvious from the data that med school is not some great overwhelming experience that few can survive, in spite of all the hype. B students and mid 20's MCATs mostly get through med school just fine.
Sure. And then others feel like they're drowning. Just like a science UG.
 

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Would be awesome though if med school is actually, well, not a breeze but, just doable more or less like a tad harder UG.
 
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I'm not in med school, but after gathering a decent idea of a typical week in med school.. I'd say that its not bad at all. I still waste a lot of time not studying/ not being productive, so there is so much room for improvement.

Would be awesome though if med school is actually, well, not a breeze but, just doable more or less like a tad harder UG.
I've had some friends talk about how some courses in undergrad. were a lot harder than anything they had taken in med-school.:shrug:
 
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1) Many people don't feel this way. Every program is also different.
2) IF you are a first year it's been one month. Ask all physicians, residents etc what the hardest part of training was; and see how many will tell you "oh the first month was where it was brutal, if you get through that it's all downhill from there". From my experience(and I'm not a medical student this is just about having talked to many residents and doctors), not many.
3) Many people who complain about how hard it is still do extremely well. There is a difference between it being difficult, life sucking etc and being something so difficult that it causes you to flunk out. The latter only applies to 1-2% of the medical school population(the other 3-5% who drop out have other reasons for doing so often).
 
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The first week was a bit difficult, just because they seemed to throw a lot of stuff at you while you were trying to figure out what was going on. Now that we've settled into the system, it all seems very manageable. I don't think I'd compare it to "drinking from a firehouse". It's more like "undergrad on steroids". Anybody else feel the same way? Still time consuming, but very doable.
Should be in the Allopathic Forums. But from what i heard, there is a critical difference between difficulty in volume and difficulty in analysis. Preclinical years seem to focus more intensely in the former, although Step 1 (and obviously 2 and 3) and clinical years focus more intensely on the latter.

Still i doubt medical school is harder than, say, engineering and graduate physics programs, and this is from many guys going in engineering-to-medicine route.
 

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The volume of information is nuts. My school went easy on us at first, and it has gradually built up since. We're cramming the same volume we learned in three weeks into one week at this point, it's insane. And the pace compared to undergrad isn't even comparable- we cover what would likely be a full undergrad semester's worth of material every four to six weeks.
 

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Would be awesome though if med school is actually, well, not a breeze but, just doable more or less like a tad harder UG.
There are a significant number of people that find medical school easier than undergrad. Certainly not a majority, but it all depends on what you were doing in undergrad and how hard you were pushing yourself.
 

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Bingo. I have a good chunk of students who seem to breeze through the most difficult subjects without breaking a sweat.


There are a significant number of people that find medical school easier than undergrad. Certainly not a majority, but it all depends on what you were doing in undergrad and how hard you were pushing yourself.
 
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The first week was a bit difficult, just because they seemed to throw a lot of stuff at you while you were trying to figure out what was going on. Now that we've settled into the system, it all seems very manageable. I don't think I'd compare it to "drinking from a firehouse". It's more like "undergrad on steroids". Anybody else feel the same way? Still time consuming, but very doable.
Medical school is just a huge volume of information, its not particularly difficult, its not Quantum Physics or Nuclear Engineering, that stuff is HARD.
 
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I make it a rule to disregard all hype.
"In high school you won't be allowed to use a calculator," "in college your professors will never let you have extra time on an assignment," "it's going to be tough for you to graduate in 4 years," "get ready to get destroyed in ochem," "there are no jobs for graduates, have fun working at starbucks," etc etc.
 

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Med school isn't a cake walk but if you budget your time appropriately it can be extremely manageable and still enjoyable. I'm about 1 month in and so far I've really liked it.
 
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You'll find that there are things that you get more easily than others and then there are times where you may struggle.

Then you realize you're a second year and you have to remember everything....
I never got why second year was so soul crushing, but the bolded is pretty much it. There's so much endless repetition to get every last bit of info to stick... If you've got an excellent memory, it might be a cakewalk, but I've got an average memory in regard to bulk information, perhaps even below average- I'm more of a conceptual thinker than a details guy- so second year is crushing me. For some reason I still find it less stressful than first year, but it's definitely much more difficult.
 

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I never got why second year was so soul crushing, but the bolded is pretty much it. There's so much endless repetition to get every last bit of info to stick... If you've got an excellent memory, it might be a cakewalk, but I've got an average memory in regard to bulk information, perhaps even below average- I'm more of a conceptual thinker than a details guy- so second year is crushing me. For some reason I still find it less stressful than first year, but it's definitely much more difficult.
Same for me. I'm more conceptual, big picture so I'm trying to improve my memory with spaced repetition. PM me for some pointers I got from a third year that I'm finding helpful if you want.

Second year is totally less stressful because you have your bearings.
 

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It also depends on what your goal is for grades. Do you just want to pass/be around average or do you want straight A's. Generally speaking it's not overly difficult for most people to pass once they've got their feet under them. If you want to get A's or be in the top 10% it's a completely different ballgame. It's also (somewhat) dependent on the curriculum. I've talked to friends at other med schools and compared curriculums and most of the time they're shocked by our pace/what we cover.

I never got why second year was so soul crushing, but the bolded is pretty much it. There's so much endless repetition to get every last bit of info to stick... If you've got an excellent memory, it might be a cakewalk, but I've got an average memory in regard to bulk information, perhaps even below average- I'm more of a conceptual thinker than a details guy- so second year is crushing me. For some reason I still find it less stressful than first year, but it's definitely much more difficult.
Same, it also doesn't help that we started off second year with neuro, so that was super fun...
 

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Same for me. I'm more conceptual, big picture so I'm trying to improve my memory with spaced repetition. PM me for some pointers I got from a third year that I'm finding helpful if you want.

Second year is totally less stressful because you have your bearings.
Sure, I'd love some pointers!
It also depends on what your goal is for grades. Do you just want to pass/be around average or do you want straight A's. Generally speaking it's not overly difficult for most people to pass once they've got their feet under them. If you want to get A's or be in the top 10% it's a completely different ballgame. It's also (somewhat) dependent on the curriculum. I've talked to friends at other med schools and compared curriculums and most of the time they're shocked by our pace/what we cover.



Same, it also doesn't help that we started off second year with neuro, so that was super fun...
Yeah, we started with neuroanatomy and it's been awful. Dat thalamus...
 

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I find it much more time consuming than pre-med work, if not more difficult. 4 hours studying electromagnetism, or 12 hours studying synthesis reactions in o-chem would get me As on those tests. I spent 4 hours today studying, like, glycolysis - and not for the first time. Spent 12 hours the other day doing anatomy of the upper limbs. Wayyyyyy more time consuming. We have our first block exams in 3 weeks too, so I'm starting to freak out a little bit...