Quoted: Problems with pharm during MS-2 yr

Discussion in 'Confidential Consult' started by Tildy, Nov 18, 2007.

  1. Tildy

    Tildy 12 yrs old, feels like 84 Moderator Emeritus SDN Advisor 7+ Year Member

    A member asks:

    I will leave it to others to provide specific advice about pharm as it's been a long long time since I studied that. I would say that although doing well in the pre-clinical time period is helpful, it will not be likely to make or break your residency application except "maybe" for some of the most competitive specialties. Regardless, your USMLE scores can help here.

    Beyond this advice though, and specific studying advice others can give, I'd like you to try to think about regaining some of the energy that brought you into medical school. That is, don't be convinced that your worth as a doctor is related to your grades or step scores, but in what you can contribute to the care of your patients and how you can enjoy the practice of medicine. This will ultimately determine your long-term career satisfaction. So, if you are inclined, talk to some faculty that you admire or otherwise wish to emulate about their careers and focus on the positives. That is, you are "in" a medical school, you are moving towards the clinical years, and you have the opportunity to practice medicine in many fields. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunities medicine has provided to me and am glad to be a physician and academic faculty. I hope you can find a passion too and not be too worried that your difficulties in doing pharmacokinetics will make you "mediocre."
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  3. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting.... Lifetime Donor SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Have you talked to your pharm prof? You might also get useful advice from other students in your class who are strong in pharm, or upperclassmen if you know any. If what you're doing now isn't working, start experimenting and trying some new methods until you find something that does work. A lot of my classmates swear by using pharm flash cards; personally, I hate flash cards and have resisted buying any. But I already took grad pharm before med school, so I am probably not best person to ask whether flash cards work well. All I can tell you is that these pharm cards seem to be working for my classmates. :luck: to you. :)

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