You did it! You made the cut and you are on your way as a medical student! While hours of studying and long lectures may await you, there are a few tricks you will want to have in your pocket. After all, why work harder when you can just work smarter?
By now you’ve become an expert at working with needles and can use a stethoscope blindfolded. While it’s true you’re ready for med school, a few extra pointers wouldn’t hurt. Here are a few useful tools and resources that help medical students reduce their stress and make the most out of their study time:
American Medical Student Association
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a public education foundation that offers career development resources. It also lists resources to help students as they continue their educational journey. Created in 1964 as a means to address issues in medical education, the AMSA is now a thriving foundation that provides education beyond the normal curriculum and gives a voice to advocate for medical students.
College is expensive and will likely continue to be expensive. That’s why medical students should take advantage of student loan grants to help cover the cost of their tuition. Applying for these grants to pay off student debt can help reduce stress and allow you to focus on your studies.
Some of these opportunities include:
Physicians of Tomorrow Awards
This grant is offered by the American Medical Association Foundation and gives $10,000 to medical students in their final year of schools. This is perfect for those that are reaching the end of their studies. However, applicants must be nominated by their medical school dean and each school is only allowed two nominations per category.
Diverse Medical Scholars Program
This program offers a $7,000 scholarship to medical students that fall into a minority category such as African-America, Latino, Native American, etc. This grant is also renewable.
Contraception and Infertility Research Loan Repayment Program
This program is offered to those that will work in areas of reproductive research for at least two years. Recipients can get up to $35,000 a year to help with their student debt repayment.
This collection of medical student blogs is a great source of inspiration and helps provide a sense of community. Schooling can be tough and medical school is that much harder. It’s all too easy to lose your sense of purpose or inspiration as you’re slugging through cram sessions and papers. This is a great way to stay motivated!
Student Doctor Network
The Student Doctor Network (SDN) is another website to keep at your disposal. This website focuses on providing a range of free resources to help medical students. The website also provides sources for different professions such as rehab sciences, dental, pharmacy, podiatry and more.
Online Med Ed
This website offers free access to videos covering specialties like trauma, pediatrics, neurology, endocrinology and infectious diseases. This is perfect for students looking for a new way to study outside of reading or taking notes in lecture halls. Personalized coaching is available too and can be a great source for those struggling to stay motivated!
Medical students are the future for the world and can mean the difference between life and death for future generations. There are lots of resources and tools available online and through your local colleges to support you through this journey. When in doubt, meet with your adviser and discuss your concerns. Never be afraid to voice your need for help! After all, one day you’ll be providing help to those in need.