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  1. kurite

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    Hello everyone! I am an incoming osteopathic medical student and I am both excited and terrified to begin. For all those who have already accomplished their first year or more could you please give me advice? Anything you could have told yourself back then that might have made things easier?
     
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    Dont flood your social media accounts with posts about med school. Dont beat yourself up if you arent the smartest student in your class anymore. Chances are you will be average.

    Make a couple friends in your class. Your classmates will be the only people in your life who understand what you are going through.
     
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    First 2 years suck!! Level 1 sucks more. Just get through it. Many times you would think about quitting etc but you just gotta pull through. 3rd year way way better and more interesting. Biggest problem I had in the first 2 years was to keep myself motivated.
     
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    Be efficient at time mgt

    Get a good night's sleep before exam. This helps retention

    Find out what your optimum learning style is. What worked in college might not work in med school. Go to class if you're struggling; conversely, if you really get nothing from being at lectures, then do something else in that time period

    Seek out your professors if you need help; they're there for you. Seek out your school's learning or education specialist for help with learning difficulties. Test taking anxiety? Get help for it immediately!

    Medical school is a furnace, and I've seen it break healthy students. If you have ANY mental health issues, seek out the school's counseling center stat!

    Have or develop good coping skills in case life hits you with a beanball.

    Always develop a support group.

    Don't try to memorize everything; you can't.

    Always be able to look at the big picture

    Repetition is the key to learning

    Board review books are for bard review, period.

    If you feel you know particular material, it's OK to spend less time with it, and better to

    Always be aware of what you're weakest subject areas are, then fill in those holes.

    Do NOT learn by merely re-reading PPT files; make use of as many resources as you can find

    Do as many practice questions as you can. Do lots of COMSAE/COMBANK questions.

    Do not cram. Cramming hurts retention.

    You might be one of my students! But wherever you are, and to all reading this, good luck!! You're on a big journey, and you're going to make the world a better place.

     
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  5. DloopF2

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    I'm in the same boat and am nervous as hell.

    Thank you for the good advice, Goro!
     
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    I wrote this to another new student:

     
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    Be flexible, I changed my study strategy 3 times just in my first week. I anticipate I will continue to change and fine tune my strategy depending on the block by utilizing various resources and study tools on my belt throughout the first two years. Also, keep up with the pace of classes and don't fall behind.
     
  8. NurWollen

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    I wholeheartedly agree with #3. Doing Qbanks and Pathoma and FA is a great way to get a feel for what kind if stuff they like you to know for boards, and what kind of stuff is more fluff/low yield.
     
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    I think it depends at what school you're at. Pathoma is practically useless at TCOM until the end of spring in first year since that's when pathology gets integrated. For 2nd year, it's been great. Same thing with Qbanks.

    To be honest, I didn't use First Aid during 1st year and did just fine. I used powerpoints and BRS, then robbins later on towards the end of 1st year when it's needed.
     
  10. kp11

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    I'll be an OMS-2, and it makes me smile that there are a whole bunch of anxious med students ready to start off their medical careers! If you weren't smart enough, you wouldn't be where you are...so you can do it! @Dharma and @Goro both gave great advice, and two things I'd like to stress from them are:
    1) Med school is tough and exciting, but remember to keep doing the things you love. They will help keep you healthy, and not get sucked into/tormented by the soul crushing mentality of the gunners in your class.
    2) changing your study habit is difficult, but will most likely need to happen. Most med students can't remember EVERYTHING, so assign importance to the big picture and work your way down (I still have trouble with this).

    Side note: if you are a visual learner and slightly goofy, picmonic is fun to use. Im a nontrad, so it made some of the biochemistry stuff a little more palatable.
     
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  11. Dharma

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    Be willing to adapt to changes and refine your study habits along the way. This takes some mindfulness and self-awareness. Trust your gut. It takes time to learn which instincts are accurate and what is really just wishful thinking. Differentiate the two along the way; it will serve you well.
     
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