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The Long Path to Practicing Medicine: 4 Tips for Daunted Pre-Med Students (335 hits)

Studying to be a doctor all starts with pre-med as an undergraduate. Your time spent studying pre-med will set you up for success in med school. However, it's easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of schooling ahead of you especially when studying pre-med. These four tips will help you get through your undergraduate studies and prepare you for making the most out of med school, your residency, and more.

Find a Mentor

It's important to find a mentor that can help guide you on your path to becoming a physician. This mentor may be someone in the medical field you already look up to. You can also find a great mentor in one of your professors as you're studying pre-med as an undergraduate. The first person you ask to be your mentor may say no. That's okay. Be sure to ask several people. You may even want to interview potential mentors to find the perfect one for you.

Keep Good Study Habits

Every student studies differently. It's important for you to find the way that works best for you. The most effective way will help you retain the most amount of information while spending the least amount of time on each topic. There are many study aids available such as apps and notetaking tools. You may also go back to the tried-and-true methods of using index cards, highlighting, and study groups with peers. Also, be sure to remove distractions such as social media and electronic devices.

Use Electives Wisely

As an undergraduate, you will be required to take several elective courses. While it may be tempting to choose fun and exciting courses like arts, music, and other creative subjects, it's important to choose electives that will help you get into and succeed in med school. Courses like sociology and psychology can be taken as electives if not a part of your curriculum. Taking such courses can help you when studying for the MCAT and applying for med school.

Start Studying for the MCAT Early

Be sure to invest in MCAT prep materials early so you can start studying the topics necessary for scoring higher than average. Many med schools will want to see a score of at least 509 on the MCAT, but higher scores will always improve your chances of getting into the med school of your dreams. While prep materials may be out of date by the time you're required to take the test, studying consistently through every year as an undergraduate can make you feel more confident and prepared when sitting down to take the test.

Studying pre-med as an undergraduate will help you learn the subjects you need to continue your education in med school. However, it's not just about studying the right topics. It's about making the most of your time as an undergraduate by learning as much as possible, including taking the right electives and creating study habits that work best for you. These years as an undergraduate should be spent preparing yourself for medical school and beyond.
Posted By: Anica Oaks
Wednesday, February 27th 2019 at 12:37PM
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