Medical Students Ask The Experts

 
 
  • How Can I Connect With Kids? On your pediatrics rotation, you might hold a newborn for the first time or give a 4-year-old her vaccinations. Follow this advice to keep children's best interests at heart.
  • Is Medicine a Job or Lifestyle? It may seem like medicine takes over your life, but it gives you much more than it takes away, says Dr. Sheila Bigelow.
  • Should I Do an International Elective? Your elective time in medical school is precious. Read this advice on weighing the costs and benefits of going abroad.
  • How Can I Befriend a Resident? Follow this advice to cultivate a lasting mentoring relationship with a resident.
  • How Should I Spend My Fourth Year? Your last year in medical school is critical. Follow these tips to make the most of it.
  • How Important Is My Step 1 Score? For most specialties you can overcome a mediocre USMLE Step 1 score, but follow these study tips first to make the most out of the test.
  • Overwhelmed? Join the Club As a new medical student, you may have to adapt to a new city, grueling coursework, or changes to your finances. One thing's certain: You're not alone.
  • How Can I Plan an Away Rotation? Set yourself up for a successful off-campus rotation with these tips.
  • Tired of the Medical Hierarchy? Pick Your Battles As a trainee, you might often feel that you're getting hazed, but keep in mind that everything is temporary.
  • How Can I Avoid Getting Jaded? Do you sometimes feel angry or even hateful toward patients? Here's how to reclaim your compassion.
  • Difficult Patients: How to Deal With Them Medical students have less authority and experience in dealing with irate or uncooperative patients. Learn how to cope.
  • Four Tips for Handling Histories and Physicals Nervous about examining patients and asking questions? Learn how to set yourself and your patients at ease.
  • Change Is the Only Constant How do I cope with the number and pace of transitions that take place in medical school?
  • How Can I Find the Right Study Partners? You can reap significant benefits if you find a classmate or a group of students to study together.
  • Can Students Date Attendings? Follow this advice to avoid a potentially uncomfortable situation.
  • What to Expect When You're an Intern Although it's a big change, internship, in some ways, is an extension of your medical school training. Read more about how your responsibility will change.
  • Training for Marathon USMLE Exams To get ready for the USMLE and other lengthy exams, you must build up your test-taking endurance. Here's how to get started.
  • Fighting First-Year Stress in Medical School It's normal to feel anxious during your first year. Follow this advice to cope with all of the changes.
  • How Should I Handle Negative Comments About My Specialty? Every specialty comes with its own stereotypes. Read on for tips on how to cope with disparaging remarks about your chosen field.
  • How Can I Excel on a Rotation I Don't Like? You are not going to love every rotation in your third year. Follow this advice to make the most of your least favorite clerkships.