St. George’s University School of Medicine Shares Practical Tips with Aspiring Medical Students in MENA

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A Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is very different from any other professional degree. Unlike other degrees, medical students need to go through comprehensive, quality, practical training, so they can face any healthcare challenges that their patients may face in the future.

But don’t let that scare you. While a medical degree does require passion, commitment, and determination, there are things that students can do to make the most out of their educational experience. Therefore, St. George’s University, School of Medicine Grenada,  in the Caribbean, shares some tips that will help you simplify and optimize your journey as a medical student.

  1. Having a well-planned schedule is essential

During college, many students can get away with cramming before a big exam or simply skimming through a weekly reading assignment. Cutting corners like this just won’t work in medical school. Being a medical student requires you to absorb a substantial amount of material in a short span of time, so diligent study habits and prioritizing tasks are essential.

  1. Do not compare your study methods with peers’

It is not uncommon for a medical student to feel slightly lost at the start of medical school. As a result, it can be natural to look around and compare yourself to your peers—but this impulse can be counterproductive to your medical school performance. It’s critical to remember that your peers and classmates aren’t your competitors, and what works for you might not work for them. The goal is to figure out which learning tactics work best for you.

  1. Making time for selfcare is a must

A day in the life of a medical student inevitably involves a lot of studying, but you can’t, and shouldn’t, spend every second hitting the books.

Making a point to reserve time for things you enjoy remains important long after medical school as well. Maintaining a work-life balance is an essential part of avoiding burnout down the road. Instilling these habits in medical school can help set you up for success throughout your entire medical career.

  1. Start preparing for licensing exams from the beginning

As a pre-med student, it can seem like medical licensing examinations are way too far down the road to even be thinking about it at the start of your medical school journey. But that’s exactly when you should start thinking about it. Preparing early can help ensure you fully grasp all the necessary material by the time your exam dates are around the corner.

  1. Ask for help when you need it

Medical school is one of the most rigorous educational paths out there. Many students find themselves struggling academically for the first time in their lives. And if that happens for you, the worst thing you can do is isolate in your struggles. Learning to ask for help in medical school will also set you up for success as a resident physician. For example, the Department of Educational Services at St. George’s University is used by nearly 100 percent of students to obtain help with a variety of things such as, note-taking, time management, exam preparation.

  1. Have a wider perspective

While medicine is a scientific discipline, it’s also quite nuanced. As a practitioner, you must learn to look at the big picture to accurately identify medical concerns and prescribe the right course of treatment. The sooner you accept that concept, the better off you will be in medical school and beyond. It is also important, as a student, to allow yourself to mingle with other pupils from different cultures and, exchange knowledge and ideas with each other. That will help you develop a sense of cultural competence that will grow with you as you become a physician.

  1. Choose your medical school wisely

As you evaluate different medical programs, it’s important to remember that not all schools train their medical students in the same way. Curricula, faculty experience, research initiatives, and education methods can all vary, resulting in differing levels of graduate success at times.

The best ways to get a firm grasp on a medical school’s graduate experience are to speak with alumni and to evaluate the institution’s student outcomes. Connecting with former students will allow you to ask questions about the medical student experience specific to that school.

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About St. George’s University School of Medicine:

Founded in 1976 with the goal of drawing the best talent and practices from around the world, St. George’s University (SGU) has become a leading center for academic excellence worldwide. With students and faculty drawn from more than 150 countries, SGU is truly an international institution, with a uniquely global perspective, poised to help educate students in this rapidly changing world. St. George’s University School of Medicine has a four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program or offers five-, six-, and seven-year pathways to its Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program with entry points available for students from any education system around the world. SGU has a large network of 75+ affiliated hospitals and health centers in the US and UK and also has a unique opportunity for students to begin their medical career in Grenada or the United Kingdom.