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In this video, I’m gonna talk about some strategies that you can use to super charge your studying. And make you smarter than you would ever (bleep)ing be if you just- well, you didn’t use this.
First, I wanna talk about a little story here because I like telling stories. You guys like to hear stories. Not so much a story, but let’s think about this. In surgery residency, there’s a hierarchy, okay? There is a first-year resident, a second-year resident, a third-year, a fourth-year, and a fifth-year, okay? And sometimes there’s a fellow.
The fellow is the person who has graduated from general surgery. We’re talking general surgery since that’s what I did. And they’re doing a fellowship either in laparoscopic surgery or trauma or vascular or thoracic or something like that. So on a team in residency, so take our general surgery service or what we call acute care surgery service, there’s a bunch of interns. So, like, four, five interns. And some would be general surgery, some would be ENT, ortho, neurosurgery. That was a requirement for those guys to go through the trauma or acute care surgery service. And then there would be a second-year- I think we skipped third – and then a fourth-year and a fifth-year on that team.
What happens is you’re with somebody that is five years ahead of you, okay? You’re an intern. You come in, you’re a medical student, you don’t know dick. You don’t know dick as a medical student, I’m telling you guys right now. You think you know. You’re studying all this stuff. You’re like, “I know so much shit.” You get into the first day of residency you’re like, “(Bleep)! I don’t know dick.”
Anyway, intentionally, they put you with other residents that have a lot more knowledge than you and experience. See, it’s not so much the knowledge in medicine. But it’s the experience. You can read the book all goddamn day, but unless you see a patient with that symptomotology or that disease process, then it’s very difficult to go out and just recognize out of nowhere. You have to be used to recognizing things that you have not seen before but you’ve read about. And that’s not so easy.
So what they do is they stick you with these residents that have this experience, and then the chief resident or whatever it is or the fourth-year resident that mostly communicates with the surgeon or the attending. And that is so the chief resident can get that experience from the attending as well, and then as you go up, actually, through the ranks, you work with attendings more and more on different levels. And some of them are just taking care of patients when you’re younger in, like, a first or second-year resident. And then as you advance, then you start working with these attendings actually doing surgery. You don’t learn surgery from a book. You have to (bleep)ing read the book to go there and have a goddamn idea of what you’re doing. But you will never be able to read a book and then go in and perform an operation. It just does not work like that. You have to have the experience, you have to have the mentorship from another person to walk you through- Or you have to see them do something, and then you can be able to do that. You’re probably not gonna be able to do it right the first time. You’re gonna- fucked up. But that’s how it works.
And the same thing works for studying. Just studying, and a lot of people come to me like, “I’m a high school student, but I’m not sure that I’m cut out for this. My counselor told me I’m not cut out for this.” First of all, (bleep) counselors. They’re stupid.
My high school counselors- I got another story for you. I got in trouble in high school when I was a senior. It was, like, one time. And they did not like me after that. Before that and after that the high school counselor didn’t like- Turns out the two high school counselors who were married were (bleep)ing each other to boot.
Listen, I think I’ve talked about this before. But only listen to people who have done what you want to do. If that high school counselor has not become a surgeon and you wanna be a surgeon, don’t (bleep)ing listen to them. They have not been around the right people yet. The right people who have showed you how to study.
You think they’re simple things, and you think you should get these in school. But you don’t always get it, and if you don’t get it in school, you gotta get it somewhere else. Or you’re gonna just struggle your entire life and be like, “I don’t know why the (bleep) I can’t do anything. I don’t know why I can’t read, I don’t know why I can’t take tests.”
People used to say all the time, “Well, I’m not a good test-taker.” Well, motherfucker, you aren’t around people that are taking tests well. You can learn it, but if you’re doing it by yourself, it’s trial and error, trial and error, trial and error, trial and error. Well, (bleep), that takes time. That might take you 50 years. Are you gonna hang in there for 50 years trying to take a test well? No! Hell no! No one’s gonna do that!
So if you get with somebody that can teach you and be like, “Oh, yeah, this is how I take tests.” Boom. “Oh, here is a trick. Here’s another trick, here’s a-” Put these five, 10 tricks together, all of a sudden- I mean, I call them tricks. But they’re not really tricks. They’re techniques, they’re skillsets. Put them all together, all of a sudden, you’re a good test-taker.
I failed my oral board exam. Why? Because I didn’t take any oral board exams before that. I didn’t practice. I was scared as (bleep). I was real nervous. I took the wrong advice from somebody. Somebody told me that you don’t wanna say very much because you don’t wanna give them a reason to ask you another question, so don’t say a lot. Well, that was the wrong advice. What these guys wanna do is they wanna hear you talk through it, so the second time around, I studied for a year for that because I was so scared to take it again.
Actually, here’s another quick story. To have a board certification general surgery, you have to take a qualifying written exam. And then you have to take an oral what they call certified exam. I took the qualifying exam and got a 90%. It’s not like I didn’t know what I was doing. I go to the oral exam, and I’m (bleep)ing my pants because I rarely take oral exams. And I had stage fright. I do video now. This is one of the things that’s kind of strange, but I was really scared to speak in front of people for a really, really long time. So this was the same thing, so I was like, “I like this idea of not talking this (bleep) out and just giving one-word answers.” Well, they didn’t like that. They wanted me to talk through it to understand my algorithms and how I thought about things.
So when I failed that first time, it was 2010. It took me until 2012 just to get the (bleep)ing balls to start to study for that test again and say that I’m gonna take it, and then it took me a year to study for it. And I decided I was gonna research the test instead of just taking it, so I researched the test. I researched who was doing good and why they were doing good and how they were doing good on that, and then I figured out that, no, I took the wrong advice. I needed to talk all that out, and so then I practiced speaking that and talking it all out. I got some good advice from friends who had passed, right?
So this was the same thing. I took the wrong advice from somebody, but then I went back and I said, “Who has passed this (bleep)ing thing? I need to talk to as many people as possible and how they took it and what they thought about it and what their strategy was.” So then I went back, and I did that. And then I took the thing, and then I passed.
My point of the whole video is that you need people to help you. You cannot do this stuff on your own. Don’t try and do it on your own. I did that for a really, really long time. It probably took a lot of extra years for me to do all this stuff, but now that I know this, I go to people. I’m like, “Hey, I got this problem. This is where I wanna go. You did that already. Can you give me some advice?” That is a very, very important thing. And it even goes beyond just studying and your work and all that stuff. It goes into all aspects of life.
I hope you guys liked this video, and if you like these videos, you should share, subscribe, like, all that good stuff. Oh, by the way, I do have a study course that I teach you how to study how I study. The tricks and tips I learned from, basically, when I was failing. I got a 1.7 GPA, and then I turned that into, basically, straight As in college. So I teach you all that stuff.
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