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by Sean Huggins, OMS-IV
Depending on where you are in your medical school journey, you might find some of this knowledge useful, other parts redundant, and some flat-out "not your style." For those incoming, I encourage you to take this advice with a grain of salt and fit this information to who you are. Much of medicine is learning about a system, drawing off the same stores of knowledge and data as others, and using similar technology, tools, methods, etc.
One of the most daunting aspects in all of this is maintaining your unique humanity. It is important for you to be you; your particular skill set of humor, anecdote, and relationships will make you a great asset to a program in the future, so perfect yourself. Make sure to take time to breathe, time to laugh, time to engage in hobbies, and also time to study. There are many ways students study that you might find beneficial, but you won't know until you try them. Work through different styles until you have found what is your best fit. If, after a semester, it turns out you aren't doing as well as you hoped, reach out to classmates, professors, or upperclassmen for advice on how to succeed. There is no magic bullet. You must invest time to make gains. Learning instead of cramming will pay dividends in the long haul.
Resources: Pick a few, master them, and use them as you wish. If you want to use a review app ala Firecracker or picmonic, grab one that works for you early and commit to it. I personally feel that a copy of First Aid might be a better investment.
Sean Huggins grew up in Utah, served a two-year mission in southern Mexico, and has since relocated to Arizona, with his wife and child, for medical school. He worked as a medical interpreter in a free clinic for a year prior to entering medical school. He is interested in all forms of medicine by particularly Radiology, Internal Medicine, and Infectious Disease. He has a strong interest in underserved populations and is in his fourth year of medical school at Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.
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