50 Helpful Little Things To Know for Med School

Originally posted June 15th, 2015

  1. Never hang your stethoscope from your rear view mirror
  2. Also don’t hang your white coat in front of a car window
  3. ID badge is life, ID badge is love
  4. Keep a sweater with you somewhere, all the time
  5. Save the sleeves, watch out for “pens all over the place” syndrome
  6. Once the first person caves for the fancy pens, everyone else falls like dominoes
  7. Ascetically pleasing powerpoints are hard to come by
  8. There will be one rare disease your school harps on like everyone has it
  9. Most instructors care about you and your success
  10. And those who don’t are miserable already, don’t waste your time being upset about it
  11. Be nice to all faculty and staff even if they have no effect on your grades
  12. A 3-hole punch is a coveted prize for the binder dependent
  13. Movement is necessary, do it every once in a while
  14. Glove size matters
  15. Shoe covers have zero traction
  16. Real life things will just start smelling like anatomy lab
  17. Anatomy lab will always make you hungry no matter how much you eat
  18. Don’t be ashamed, if you think the anatomy lab smells to high hell, wear the mask
  19. No, you cannot use an animal otoscope on a person
  20. Yes, you can use a regular stethoscope on a little animal (be gentle!)
  21. It’s always better to touch too softly at first than to kill your partner
  22. Practice your poker face
  23. Being graded on empathy makes you less empathetic
  24. Most med students don’t have a ton of physical ailments, so practice on many classmates to get a feel for what is “normal”
  25. If something feels odd on your partner, ask your teacher for help before you scare the crap out of them
  26. There will be one disease/bug/drug that you will never be able to remember no matter how many times you look at it
  27. Many gunners will not realize they are gunners, don’t bother pointing it out
  28. If you get any legit equipment, it should be your stethoscope
  29. A reflex hammer is still a hammer
  30. Food is alternative currency
  31. Coffee runs are bonding time, even if you don’t drink coffee
  32. Be courteous and remember to remove a used K-cup
  33. You will not know when burnout will happen, but when it does, it’s too late
  34. It’s always better to be too covered up in professional wear
  35. There is no shame in walking around in your socks
  36. While it feels like high school, remember everyone is an adult
  37. Nice can be a relative term when it comes to medical students
  38. But some people will be completely fantastic
  39. If someone is doing something nice and they aren’t your fav, don’t be a dick
  40. For every horrible group you will work with there will be an amazing one
  41. It will take time, but you will find those who you mesh with
  42. It’s okay to decide someone is not a person you want to be close with
  43. Every term is impossibly hard to get yourself back into a solid study routine
  44. You will change study techniques 100 times even after you find one that works
  45. The difference is that you can adjust faster each time
  46. Break downs are the rule rather than the exception
  47. Success happens more often than you would think
  48. Even if it seems impossible, the grades, the specialty, the residency put in 110%, your best is never something to be ashamed of
  49. Do not do this if you aren’t 110% sure
  50. Continue to find love in it, you’ll only do it once

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