As a second year medical student, Julie Nguyen expected the clinical exposure she experienced in the DR’s hospital and local clinics. She did not, however, expect to keep a patient’s medication in her refrigerator, or to reflect on questions she had never asked herself. She also would not have guessed that her biggest takeaway would be what it was.
"I am so honored to write this blog post and share with you all the impact FIMRC had on me becoming a pediatrician!" Tina Tarazi began her career path to becoming a physician as a FIMRC Chapter member and Global Health Volunteer. The lessons she learned through her involvement with FIMRC have played an important role throughout her journey in medicine.
Are you a pre-medical student prepping for the MCAT or a first year medical student wrapping up your studies for summer? Don't forget what you've learned so far!
For those taking the MCAT later this summer, follow these helpful tips & review the Firecracker study program:
- Study consistently. With larger tasks or goals it is easier to lose the sense of urgency. It is easy to feel urgency knowing we have a test in four days, however, when we have a test in four months it is much easier to be complacent and procrastinate. The key to overcoming this is consistency. One who studies consistently will be much better off than someone who crams. And you can’t cram for a big test like the MCAT.
- Enjoy studying for the MCAT. Take it just one topic at a time. Don’t study hungry or thirsty or tired. Make sure you are in an excellent state of mind and it will be much easier to learn and enjoy learning.
- Finally, remember why you are studying. I think reminding yourself of the big picture keeps the mind strong and dedicated. Envision yourself at the first day of medical school or at your white coat ceremony.
For med students, catching up on 1st year material is totally manageable - flag 2 to 3 topics per week and follow your Firecracker study plan. By the start of 2nd year, you’ll be comfortable flagging new material with the assurance that you’re also maintaining your knowledge of high-yield 1st year material. Get a huge leg-up on 2nd year with this summer plan and don’t break a sweat come Step 1 prep-time!
Have a wonderful summer from FIMRC & Firecracker!
For more information on high-yield topics to study for the MCAT, visit Firecracker's blog here.