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How should I prepare myself?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by sl, Jun 4, 2001.

  1. sl

    sl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 29, 2001
    Queens, New York
    Hi everyone:

    I am going to medical school this coming August. I'm just wondering within this two months, how should I prepare myself for medical school. I have been out of school for 2 years. Currently, I am working full time as a research associate.

    I am brand new to this forum. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

    SL :)
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  3. pcl

    pcl Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Welcome to SDN!

    From the posts here, I have gathered that we are supposed to relax and enjoy our summer so we can be ready to start in August!

    My school is offering a "pre-matriculation" program that reviews basic sciences for 10 days before class. You might check & see if your school is doing the same.

    Good Luck!
  4. Annette

    Annette gainfully employed Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 1999
    The Land of Lincoln
    Several things to do:

    1) get your financial life in order- pay off the bills you can, check your credit report, etc.
    2) Organize your books! Do you still need that high school chemistry book? You do need some great summer reading material!
    3) organize your household goods- do you have enough sheets and towels? Can you get rid of some of your furniture? etc.
    4) Go to the movies.

    Enjoy your summer!
  5. sl

    sl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 29, 2001
    Queens, New York
    1) get your financial life in order- pay off the bills you can, check your credit report, etc.

    Thanks for your advice.

    So, what would happen if I have bad credits? I had some outstanding bills over 270 days. I moved and I did not receive the bills. For some reason, the collection ageny could locate me and I paid off all the balances. This was 2 years ago.

    Is this going to affect my eligibility of getting Perkins and Stanford loans. I figured out I need to borrow about $25,000 per year.

    Any advice would certainly helps!

    Thanks again.

  6. BS

    BS Junior Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Hey SL,
    I had a similar problem (actually exactly the same problem). You should check your credit reports, in all liklihood you are fine. I am also borrowing about that much, and had absolutely no problem getting loans.
    What to do (other than financial stuff)...
    Relax! Spend time with family, friends, your spiritual self, etc...
    I really don't recommend studying at all--however if you really feel like you need to
    'touch up' for the fall, the BRS Gross Anatomy book by Chung has some good stuff in it. (Pleeeeeeeease don't study, though--I was also out for some time, and the study habits came back really quick!). Congratulations and good luck!
  7. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Relax and have fun. Studying now will not make a significant difference in how you function during your first semester. If you are determined, I suggest getting some of the Ridiculously Simple books to ease yourself in.

    In general, with the exception of a default, bad credit will not prevent you from getting government loans. It may however, affect your ability to qualify for alternative loans (ie, monies for expenses above and beyond that available through the government loans).
  8. electra

    electra SDN Moderator 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    remember to forward your mail through the post office when you not assume that the next person who lives there will do it for you. in fact, for a small fee, the PO will continue to forward your mail for a year after you move...that way, even things like your car registration/DL, etc. can find you in another location
  9. sl

    sl Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    May 29, 2001
    Queens, New York

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