The road to becoming a doctor is not just about studying and acing boards. It’s about adapting to your new role as a student doctor to become the best possible physician you can be. Although I have just started my road as a student doctor, I have definitely learned a few things that may be helpful in your medical journey!
- Move early. If you are moving for medical school, it may be helpful to plan to move in at least a week before orientation starts (if feasible). This will definitely alleviate the stress that comes with moving.
- Explore your new town. My medical school had orientation for one week and all the medical students had the opportunity to explore distilleries, parks, and more! This is a good chance for you to figure out small niches that you might not have the time to explore once medical school starts.
- Meet new friends. I moved to a small town and knew not a single person. It can be very overwhelming in the beginning, especially when adjusting to medical school itself, but I’ve met some of the most intriguing people who come from all walks of life in such a short amount of time.
- Breathe. It’s okay to be nervous. This is a huge moment that you’ve worked so hard for. But take time to appreciate the moment. The path ahead is long and hard. Don’t study on the last Sunday before classes start. Just relax. You can afford to take the day off before you jump into anatomy right away.
I hope these tips help you acclimate to your medical school! Please feel free to connect with me if you have any specific questions.