3 Tips for Medical Students

3 Tips for Medical Students

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Sep 22, 2013, at 9:51 pm


Here are a few pieces of advice from Specialist Registrar, Elizabeth Wallin, for all of those new medical students that are hitting the wards for the first time this year. These tips are based on her experiences and many years of teaching medical students.

See at least one patient every day.

Yes, reading and studying about certain things is how you learn… but physical, hands-on experience is so much more effective and beneficial than simply having your nose stuck in the textbook. Learning the facts is important, but it is also important to be able to connect them with actual human interactive experiences.

Always see the patient before you read the notes.

Many patients have been labeled with a particular, sometimes incorrect, diagnosis. It is important to see them before reading their past diagnosis and ensure you keep an open mind. If you go into the room expecting pneumonia, you might miss something simply because you weren’t looking for it. Sometimes the diagnoses may be incorrect, preliminary, or evolving. Even if they are correct, it is important to learn how to form conclusions based off of your own findings. Rely on your own ears and eyes. You won’t always get the answer right and you will miss things, but admitting you missed something means that the person teaching you can correct your technique or show you ways of making signs more prominent. Remember that even senior cardiologists request echocardiograms to confirm valve lesions.

Attend lectures and give feedback.

Lectures are critical, and you’ll want to get the most out of them. To do this, you must actually wake up at 7am, take notes, and pay attention. Your lecturers should be skilled, experienced, and engaging. If not, give feedback! Nothing will improve unless you kindly and honestly provide your thoughts and requests. Don’t let that lecture be a waste of time. Make the most of the day by getting involved.

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.thompson@advmedcert.com

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