How to Be Top of Your Class in Med School…It’s Not What You Think!

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In this video, I wanna tell you how – as a medical student or a pre-medical student – you can get ahead. Get years ahead, lightyears ahead. Cool trick that I learned not too long ago.

Two things, two places I learned it from. Number one, when I was a third or fourth-year resident somebody came and brought me a bunch of videos. They said watch these videos. This is learning on steroids, and I think you’ve probably seen a video of me talking about this before. I went home, and I watched those videos. They were surgery videos, and because of the nature of the video which we all know you get a lot more information than just a reading. A reading is a low-level education, and seeing and doing and teaching is the higher levels of education.

I learned these certain operations, the majority of these operation through video – surgical videos – because I already had surgical skill the skillset to perform these operations but I didn’t have the technique and the steps down. After a while, you learn basic surgical technique. You learn how to do certain things and then you can apply those techniques to different scenarios, and that’s what creates different operations.

Number two, Brian Tracy is a motivational speaker who talks about this concept. That is the concept of, basically, taking something you want to learn or some place you want to be – say you want to advance in your job, and this doesn’t have to apply to medicine at all but it certainly does. If you decide that- If you’re a third-year medical student, and you wanna be more ready – let’s take step one. If you are a first-year medical student and you know that at the end of year two, or close to the end of the year two, you’re gonna have to take step one. You have the USMLE, and you wanna start preparing for that. A good way to do that would be probably to use this technique, which is to take the time of your commute and get all of that information either on audio or video and listen and interact with that information in your commute time.

Brian Tracy talks about getting up an hour early everyday to take that information and study that information. That’s a good idea too if you could do that. If you could get up an hour early, but you guys are already studying. What I found was more helpful was to do that on a commute, so if your commute is 10 minutes or 12 minutes or 40 minutes prepare that information first.

The big problem is when you try to do this, and you try to do it last minute. You’re like, oh, in the morning you’re on your way to work or school or whatever and you’re like, “Oh, I gotta get my information together” or “I gotta- Which track am I gonna do?” You need to set this all up before, so first of all, you gotta get the information that you want. If it’s step one, you want all the audio and/or video stuff that you can get or material that you plan on covering in one place. You put it in an mp3 or mp4 or whatever and have that in a specific place. Every time you know where it is every time you go to your commute, whatever that means. Then you can play that each time. When you get in, say for instance, when I get in my car I have a specific book that I’m gonna listen to. Right now, it is The House of God which is (bleep) amazing. It is about an intern…This guy, his intern year – in, like, the 70s, you have to read that. I will put a link in this video for that. I plug in my phone. The House of God starts playing, and I listen to it for however long my commute is. Sometimes it’s 10 minutes, and sometimes it’s 30 minutes. Over time, I’ll get that book done. It’ll be done in, like, a week or so.

If you do this, the point of this video is if you do this over a long period of time – and actually, it’s about two years. You get way more ahead of everybody else. Because most people just take that time on their commute to dick around and do nothing and do mindless (bleep) and listen to the radio. Sometimes I do listen to the radio, but I…It’s the same thing all the time. These guys try stupid jokes; they’re not really that funny. You listen to some music, but most of the time it’s (bleep) ads and all this bull(bleep). You’re wasting your time, and it’s a waste of brain power.

The third point, I think I made two, the third point is if you can do repetition. For me, repetition was the key to, really, medical school. I could read stuff one time, but sometimes I understood it but I didn’t remember it. If I can- Basically, I would read it, I would take notes on it, and then I would go back over my notes and then as I took notes, I would be able to take less and less notes on those notes. Then pretty soon, it’s just repetition of very short phrases and you end up remembering the whole thing.

If you can do that, that’s great. If you can’t take notes on those audio or videos, that’s okay too if you just go back over them. For step one, for me, the repetition really helped because I would just do the questions. After a while, even though you’d go through 800, 1,000, 2,000 questions, that’s a lot of questions, but you would eventually start seeing repetition of the concepts, repetitions of the answers, and repetitions of the wrong answers. That’s very important too. All those things help take the time. If it’s not your commute, at least the down time. Whatever- Find the down time in your day that you have and that you’re not using or that you’re bull(bleep) around and use it to be passive learning.

Because the reading and sometimes watching videos and taking notes is a really active thing. But if you can do it passively and get that into a habit everyday, the same time, same place, then you will accelerate your learning. Then if you have time, then do that as a repetitive process. Then you’ll become way, way more ahead than everybody else. Fucking easy.

That’s what you want medical school to be. ‘Cause you know why? ‘Cause residency is hard as (bleep). Med school is a drop in the bucket. College is even easier. Unfortunately, myself, I thought college was hard and then you get to med school and you go, “Holy (bleep), this is really hard.” Then you get to residency and you go, “This is a whole ‘nother planet apart.” Get used to that shit. You’ll love it though. It’s good. As long as you like the stuff, it’s really interesting. Residency is hard as (bleep), but it’s also really amazing.

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