how can I stay motivated in med school?, I started preclinic and I havent like’d it so far as I hoped.. I feel so stupid, I wonder if I’ll ever be good enough to be a doctor
The first few years are rough, as I am experiencing now. It can be hard to feel engaged when doing so much book work. I recommend a couple things to get reved up again:
First off, take a break. Go to a movie. Go for a run. I sometimes make deals with myself and say “if you study for 3 hours you can take a 20 minute nap” or “if you study till 5 you can go see that movie.” Incentivize your learning.
Second, figure out ways to remind you why you are in medicine. As part of our curriculum I work in a clinic a few times each block. I cannot tell you how much good that does for me. When I feel like I am drowning in data it is nice to have human contact that reminds me what the big picture is. Just two weeks ago I got to reassure a woman she did not have breast cancer and would not need a double mastectomy like her mother. Perhaps you can find a physician to shadow or a clinic to volunteer in every so often, just to recharge your batteries.
Finally, find ways to make your learning relatable. In didactic systems you may not see how the basic science you are currently learning applies to real people. Go search out that information. Are you learning about the heart? Figure out why people with heart failure get the symptoms they do. Give yourself a dose of pathophys even if it is extra for your first year. Keep figuring out ways to apply your knowledge to real human problems.
I think very few people get through medical school feeling like a genius. I feel dumb probably once an hour, on average. Today in clinic I struggled to turn on the otoscope light in front of a 12 year old patient. It’s common and part of the process. The smartest docs aren’t always the best docs.
You are good enough. They already told you that by picking you to go to medical school.
Time to prove them right.
Best of luck,
"Please read the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens Book. Not only will you be motivated to study, but you'll know why you're motivated.
Here's a rundown:
1. Be Proactive: recognize that you slack off after a good test, plan for it, write a detailed note of what happens when you slack off (you fail the next test, you lose sleep cramming). Then commit yourself to not procrastinating (tell a friend to keep you on your toes, or just make a promise to yourself--sometimes just an oath keeps us in line)
2. Begin with the End in Mind: See that A. Feel it. Now, work backwards on how you get there. (Set up regular study times, work with someone if you have to, make the goal smaller so that it's less daunting)
3. Put First things First: Is your study time important? More important than fun with friends? More important than family time? More important than eating? (probably not, but you get the point. If you put a list of priorities next to your desk, or on your person, you'll be stronger on your conviction to study. Plus, you'll get more respect from those that you have to put aside for studying; conversely, if you feel studying can be skipped just this once, you won't feel guilty....... you'll know in your heart you need the break, but you're still on track.)
That's the 1st three Habits and I bet even those 3 will improve your outlook.
Here's another tip: remember that High from getting a good grade? every time you're going to let your studies slide....... remember that feeling and how much you want to feel it again. Let yourself know that you only get that feeling with hard work.... and then get to work!"
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