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. If you would like to get more medical insiders
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