Path to Medicine

Tips and Tricks for surviving first year (semester) of medical School!

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Hey Everyone!!

It has been a while since I posted on my website, moving 2000 miles and getting into my medical school groove has been rather time consuming.

Well here we are, my wife and I have now finished the first semester of medical school and I am 1/8th a doctor!! With that being said, there are a few things I am grateful for, and a few other tips I want to share with you.

First off I am extremely grateful for my incredible wife, there is no way I would have been able to get straight A’s in all my classes without her dedication and support. Then I have to say I am grateful for my dog!!! She kept us happy and sane throughout the first few months.

Now… why you are all reading this!!! The tips for surviving first semester of medical school (atleast at LMU-DCOM).

  1. Work hard!!!
    1. There is nothing that can compensate for laziness. I will be the first to admit that I am not the smartest person in my class, but I will tell you that few of my classmates will out study or out prep me. This is key to my success, I completely killed Medical Gross Anatomy!!!! I missed three out of 160 questions total and I say this not to brag but to tell you that the only reason this happened is because of how hard I worked! It didn’t matter if I knew it… I went through it again time and time again. I spent countless hours in the lab with our bodies reviewing everything!
  2. Take Breaks
    1. You can not just study all the time. My breaks consisted of hikes with my wife or even just taking my dog to the local dog park. Simple things just to get me out of the house and not thinking about medicine.
    2. Another kind of break is a simple 30 minute or hour break in between study sessions. I would typically study for two hours and then take an hour off. In my two hour study session I broke it down even more into 50 minutes studying then 10 minute break.
  3. Stay Hungry
    1. You have got to want this more than anything in your life! The amount of material is unreal and you have to stay motivated!
  4. It isn’t hard…. its just a lot
    1. None of the material (so far) has been conceptually difficult. It has just been a lot of it! I am sure you have heard the ever so popular saying for medical school… its like drinking out of a fire hose…. that is 100% true!!! Take it in bite size chunks and keep your head up and feet moving!

With hard work and dedication medical school can be done easily! You don’t have to be a genius to get straight A’s in medical school…. I am proof of that!!

Thanks for Reading,

(I will update more often, I promise)

Sean Kiesel