The first semester of medical school was definitely very different from my second semester of medical school. As I approach the end of my first year, there are a few things I learned this semester that may help you in your second semester. I have listed them below!
- Start applying concepts from all classes. During my time in undergrad and even as a first-semester medical student, I studied for each class independently and did not even think to integrate classes to understand the concepts better. After starting the second semester, I realized the interconnectedness of medicine and how learning one topic well, such as the anatomy of the kidney, can help understand the overall physiology of each organ system.
- Use outside resources. I would highly suggest using well-known board study materials to help supplement your studying with classes such as physiology and neuroscience. This will allow you to tie in more concepts together that will help you understand relevant material better. Fair warning with using supplemental resources is the downside of getting too much information that may be too detailed to help you understand the material, thus make sure you are taking the time to find resources that will actually help you not overwhelm you.
- Group study. I know I have written a post about my feelings toward group study! This actually works so well this semester because everyone comes with many, many qualities that you may not necessarily thrive at and vice versa. This semester I have really leaned on my friends to teach my topics that I may not know as well as they do, but I also share my knowledge by explaining topics that I am clear on.
Transitioning in any state of your life is difficult, but adapting and facing the challenges head on will allow you to continue to grow and thrive.