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  • Medical school was rough but also it was some of the best years of my life.

  • Many expectations I had were rooted in misconceptions about medical school.

  • In this video, we'll debunk those myths.

  • What's going on guys,

  • Dr. Jubbal, MedSchoolInsiders.com.

  • Many believe you must be incredibly intelligent to make it through medical school.

  • I would argue that is not the case.

  • Work ethic and discipline trump's intelligence in med school.

  • I'll give you an example.

  • One of my good friends is a brilliant guy.

  • As a result, he skated through high school and Harvard with minimal studying.

  • He was able to rely on his excellent critical thinking and reasoning skills to perform quite

  • well.

  • But once he got to Harvard med school, he was in the bottom quartile of the class, as

  • he didn't have the work ethic to study properly.

  • His critical thinking didn't help him much as medical school subject matter didn't rely

  • heavily on reasoning - it mostly requires memorization.

  • And memorization requires repetition, no matter how smart you are.

  • Don't fall into the trap of thinking you're not smart enough for medical school.

  • If you're not doing well in school, it likely has a little to do with your intelligence,

  • and much more to do with your study strategies, time management and work ethic.

  • Many believe that your social life is over once you start in med school, at least if

  • you want to do well.

  • While your academic responsibilities and pace of learning is much greater, you're also doing

  • fewer extracurriculars.

  • Overall, you'll have less time than you did in college, but it's not nearly as bad as

  • most people make it out to be.

  • I was able to go out with my classmates a couple times every month, I was able to stay

  • active and even pursue new sports like surfing and cycling and enjoy other social activities

  • with my friends.

  • The first year and second half of fourth year offered the most flexibility with your time.

  • Socializing during your second and third years will certainly be more challenging but it's

  • far from impossible.

  • In fact, I would urge you to put in the effort to make it happen, as bolstering and maintaining

  • a strong social support system is key to success in med school.

  • Third, student overemphasize the importance of Step and under emphasize the importance

  • of other factors.

  • The competitiveness of your application for residency is not simply set by your Step 1

  • score.

  • While both Step 1 and Step 2 are incredibly important for your application, there's

  • much more to it than that.

  • So, the most influential factors will vary based on the specialty you apply to.

  • For example, studies surveying program directors of plastic surgery residency programs and

  • they concluded that applicants' letters of recommendation were the most heavily weighted

  • factor.

  • Don't ignore the importance of performing well on your clinical rotations, either, even

  • if the specialty you're rotating on isn't what you plan on matching into.

  • For example, getting honors in psychiatry looks great for those applying to plastics,

  • because much of plastics relies on foundational principles in psychiatry.

  • AOA status, research experiences and publications, and appropriately preparing for your interview

  • are also important factors that can greatly influence your competitiveness for residency.

  • We have all new, high yield, super comprehensive guides to the med school and residency interviews

  • on the website that will help you crush your interviews.

  • Number four, if you don't do well on Step your career is over.

  • Like any standardized test, there's a normal distribution to the Step and COMLEX exams.

  • By definition, not everyone can have a stellar score or perform above average.

  • And that's ok.

  • If you don't do well on Step, your career is not over.

  • I know several students that matched into very prestigious programs, some even in competitive

  • specialties.

  • And as stated in the earlier point, your Step score isn't everything.

  • Again strong research, letters of recommendation, and clinical rotation grades can make up for

  • lackluster boards.

  • Next, because many medical schools are on a pass/fail system, lots of students believe

  • that the bar to aim for is just to pass.

  • As they say, "P = MD."

  • It's great that the pass/fail system reduces student stress, but don't let this be an

  • excuse to not push yourself to do the best that you can.

  • Studying hard and learning to the best of your ability will serve two purposes: first,

  • you'll be establishing the foundation for the care of your future patients.

  • The purpose here isn't to only earn an MD, but more importantly to become a competent

  • and effective physician in the process.

  • Second, studying and performing well on your boards will become that much easier as well.

  • It's no surprise that students who performed well in medical school classes were usually

  • the same students that performed well on Step, and match into strong residency programs.

  • And number six, the myth that you can be good at everything.

  • Getting into med school is insanely competitive, and as a result, many students are type "A"

  • overachieving personalities.

  • Med school will be a wake-up call for these students.

  • Medicine is a rapidly expanding field and it's impossible to be the best at everything.

  • The further you go along in your medical training, the more your interests and studying will

  • become specialized at the expense of other areas within medicine.

  • I can tell you a great deal about surgery and nuances of technique, but I'm definately

  • not the best person for managing bipolar disorder.

  • And I'm okay with that.

  • So, these are some of the most common misconceptions about medical school that I see.

  • Thank you to my good friend Dr. Villette for helping in the creation of this video.

  • What misconceptions have you seen?

  • Let us know down in the comments below.

  • Thank you all so much for watching.

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