Charts: Complete Medical School Top of Class by Stealing...

Welcome to our new blog series charts, where we explore how to's and the how not to's through a discussion of topics coupled with practical wisdom and advice. In this week's blog, we kick off the series with the topic of completing medical school at the top of your class by stealing... Ideas and strategies from other people who have achieved massive success in their respective fields. We look at how you can re-purpose these ideas to help you ace med school. 
-I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.-- Natalie Portman (1).png
No surprises that medical school involves a lot of studying, it is inevitable and inescapable. However, from identifying with Natalie Portman's statement we see that we have the ability to re-frame our view of studying.
The concept of studying lends itself to thoughts of drudgery, doing the hard yards, required reading and a sense of obligation. Learning, on the other hand, gives us a fresh view, one of inspiration, gaining knowledge, enhancing skills, abilities, and the mind.
So rather than becoming overwhelmed by all the "study" talk, approach education as a learning process. It should help make your time more enriching, and enjoyable.
-Through perseverance, many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.- - Benjamin Disraeli.png
  Perseverance is often the key that separates the successful from the unsuccessful individual. Perseverance implies persisting through difficulties and working towards an end goal regardless of how rocky the path to get to your destination may be.  
Some people who start medical school fail an exam and decide to quit. Other people fail the same exam but decide that they won't let it stop them from achieving their goal, they decide to persevere and try again, often smarter and better equipped than before.
-Success is not final, failure is not fatal- it is the courage to continue that counts.- - Winston Churchill.png
Courage is the feeling that no matter what happens, you can handle it. Courage comes from the strength of resolve and a sense of capability.
As Winston Churchill said, success is not final, medicine is a challenging field for a good reason and even once you ace medical school learning and practice continues. Failure is not fatal because it is only through failure that new understandings and heights are reached.
A Medical career (and life-in-general for that matter) brings with it opportunities for both success and failure, they are two sides of the same coin. With courage, you know that you can handle both.
-I'm a doctor; we work in teams. I'm very committed to problem-solving.- - Raul Ruiz.png
Teamwork is critical to the medical profession, so make sure you are comfortable and confident with it. If you are harbouring any shyness or social anxieties now is a great time to work through those issues.
Quality communication can make the difference between life or death in the medical profession so becoming accustomed to teamwork and to hone your interpersonal communication skills is a sure fire way to get ahead.
-You have to remember that the hard days are what make you stronger. The bad days make you realise what a good day is. If you never had any bad days, you would never have that sense of accomplishment!- - Aly Raisman.png
 Allow the power of positive thinking to carry you through the hard days. Aly Raisman gives us the perspective to see bad days as opportunities to learn, grow and appreciate the good days.
If there was never any struggle then our accomplishments wouldn't be quite so sweet. Being grateful and appreciative for the positives, the blessings in disguise will help to ease any struggles or suffering and make you more equipped to handle the stress.
-But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.- - William Julius Wilson.png
Even though we want to help you finish your medical degree at the top of the class the above quote from William Julius Wilson is important.
Academic success isn't everything, you might be at the top of your class academically but struggle in areas of interpersonal communication. You might be at the lower end of the scale academically but your creative skills enable you to synthesize information and think of new ideas and ways to make improvements.
The end goal here is to ace medical school in whatever way you can by building on your strengths and developing your weaknesses.
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