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What's medical school like?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by siberianhusky88, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. siberianhusky88

    siberianhusky88 2+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    My boyfriend just started medical school and he parties 3-4 nights a week. I always thought that in medical school, you studied a lot, were under a lot of stress and pressure, and did not go out as often as undergrad?
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  3. Blesbok

    Blesbok 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    That will last a week or his med school career won't last more than a year. One of the two.
  4. siberianhusky88

    siberianhusky88 2+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
  5. Hayden2102

    Hayden2102 Down Under 7+ Year Member

    Nov 21, 2006
    Tasmania, Australia
    Everyone handles it differently.
  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Disagree. Most of the people who party like that end up extending their med school career an EXTRA year.:laugh:

    Your bf probably is still in orientation, where you have no real work yet and there are events planned every night. Once classes start, this should stop. If not, he is drastically underestimating the amount of material he is going to get hit with, and his ability to remember it all, and the level of detail you are expected to know things. He might be thinking he will have time at the end to cram it, like you did in college, but in fact this doesn't really work in med school -- there is too much to cram. The folks who do well are those who do at least a few hours of work every night, review things again on the weekends, and review things again more intensely before the test. This usually ends up being far far more hours of study time than you had in college. I suspect after your bf's first exam, on which he will possibly get killed, he will change his approach. There are always a few foolish folks who try to make med school an extension of college, or rationalize that they don't want to go into anything competitive anyhow, or figure that if they got As in college without studying, they can manage the same thing in med school. Once they fail a test or come a lot closer to failure than they ever did in their life, and realize that all those folks in college who got Cs and made them look so good in college were eliminated by the admissions folk, and that now they are the bottom of the curve, folks usually shape up. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so there is always time to fix things. You will see folks who fail a first test disappear into the library for a month and come back with a vengeance to ace the second one. Or you will see the folks who never "get it", and end up failing things and having to take a class over the summer or repeat first year. It's hard to fail out, but not hard to fail and have to repeat courses.
  7. Tiger26

    Tiger26 Senior Member Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2004
    This is actually a pretty fair assessment of the people of end up on the 5-year track at our school
  8. smq123

    smq123 John William Waterhouse Administrator Physician SDN Advisor 10+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2006
    I agree with Law2Doc - this will change after his first exam grade comes back., he doesn't have enough time to call you more than once a week, or to email you more than a few times a week...but he DOES have enough time to go out partying several times a week?

    Hmmm. :confused:
  9. bcat85

    bcat85 10+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2007

    Good work L2D:thumbup:
  10. siberianhusky88

    siberianhusky88 2+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    smq :(
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2008
  11. Jccripe

    Jccripe 2+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    Medical school is exactly like undergrade with 30 credit hours.
  12. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    "What is medical school like?" issues are pre-med issues and this thread is moved to Pre-Allo. Medical students read and respond to threads in Pre-Allo and may follow and respond to this one if desired.
  13. DenaliView

    DenaliView 2+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2008

    Really? The course work is not more difficult their is just a lot more of it???
  14. alfonzarel

    alfonzarel howlin, growlin, prowlin. Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    he JUST started med school? who the heck starts med school the beginning of June???
  15. MrBurns10

    MrBurns10 Excellent, Smithers Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    I dont know where the OP's bf goes, but I know FSU starts school in May.
  16. flaahless

    flaahless 10+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Stop hating.
  17. dienekes88

    dienekes88 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2008
    If you browse Allo, then you'll find out that med school is apparently a lot like high school. :)

    Except it's 30,187X more work.
  18. Little Etoile

    Little Etoile 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    I've heard this from quite a few medical students. When I asked a med student who went to my ridiculously hard undergrad how the work compared, he said that if anything, in med school it's actually *easier* material, but just an insane amount of it.
  19. p30doc

    p30doc Ever true and unwavering 10+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Does he party under a bridge? I smell a troll
  20. Hemichordate

    Hemichordate Peds 7+ Year Member

    May 5, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2008
  21. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy" 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Since when do med schools start in June? I feel sorry for people who graduate in June and have to go to that school. o_O
  22. Dedikated2liftn

    Dedikated2liftn Bodybuilder 5+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    Here's the thing, if your bf managed to get into a stateside, allopathic medical school, I highly doubt that he did so by partying his ass off. By this point in the process, I really don't know too many individuals who have yet to prove themselves (just look at the myriad of variables one has to excel in in order to be accepted: GPA, MCAT, volunteer activities, work experience, research experience, interview skills, etc.). I'm not trying to suggest that there won't be a period of adjustment as he begins his first year; however, an adcom saw fit to admit him based off of his strong credentials. As with everything in life, happiness and success in medical school boil down to one thing: balance. No doubt your bf will have to buckle down at times; however, his ability to loosen up occasionally is what will keep him sane.
  23. seraph524

    seraph524 M0 2+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Welcome to the suck.

    That's what my friends and I have decided its going to be.
  24. That's how I felt - the sheer volume was what got to me. Conceptually, though, Bio classes always felt like they demanded sheer memorization of many facts, while my undergrad Physics/Engineering classes required that you understood the principles behind the theory.
  25. mk8

    mk8 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2008
    Arlington, VA
    if my girlfriend used sdn as a resource to check up on me and confirm my personal MS1 experiences with a panel of medical school experts, she'd have to be pretty high up on the Vicky Mendoza diagonal to continue that relationship.


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