Mentorship in HD
Mentorship in HD
Medical School Grades Suck (the first round)
Episode 63: Dr. Dan responds to a listener question after he’s stressed because he failed most of his very first round of med school exams. Learn the techniques that can save your grades.
Step 1: Quit doing the same, failing study technique over and over, trying harder each time. If it’s not working, it’s insanity to keep doing it.
Step 2: Watch the Speed Reading in Medical School video course and go straight to the grid that shows the different types of material linked with different study techniques.
Step 3: Listen to this podcast to see how to short-cut Dr. Dan’s Study System to get results fast, when you really need them in the first semester of medical school.
How to Study for Anatomy
Episode 62: Learn to distinguish types of study material and the study technique that it best suits.
How to Study Anatomy
To learn how to study anatomy like a medical student and beat your peers on undergrad, you need to find someone who’s been there – done that. Look no further. Doctor Dan slows down the steps that busy medical students take in order to teach you EXACTLY how to study for anatomy.
I can tell you that this personally helped me quite a bit while I was getting my Nursing Degree Georgia. There were several things that I struggled all throughout my studies, but it was those first few steps and trying to get used to the hectic pace you are expected to operate at that threw me off the most. Of course, later down the line a few things proved difficult even while already used to things, but still. Getting your foot in the door is the first step. I hope this helps you.
Types of Study Material
Anatomy is aGRAPHIC type of material, not really narrative, process-oriented, or minutia-based. Therefore, you can use the following study approaches (explained in the podcast above):
Drawings, graphic books
CD/Online graphics with an exam mode
*OLD SCHOOL – blank paper covering the book labels
YouTube/Google a student summary
Show Definiteness of Purpose
Look for opportunities to teach the material or be a prosector and come in early to prepare your dissection before class.
Listen to the podcast episode on Definiteness of Purpose for more inspiration.
Protecting relationships in medical school
Episode 61: Dr. Dan answers a listener question about how “easy” it is to maintain a relationship as a premed and as a medical student.
Relationships in Medical School – transcript
Welcome to the Pre-Med Podcast. I’m your host, Dr. Dan. Today, I’m asking a listener question about how easy was it to maintain a relationship with my girlfriend during the pre-med years and during medical school. I want to first point out a couple of important life tips regarding choosing your mate, if you’re not already in a bond, because I can think of a few specific examples where I tried to date somebody or I was meeting somebody, trying to evaluate whether or not I wanted to be in a relationship with somebody when I was an undergrad, and I can remember a few choice quotes or experiences that happened that clearly pointed out that this was not the right person for me. I elaborated on this a bit more at Basementfloodcleanup.
Sometimes, it’s easier to point out what’s not working rather than really being totally assured in what is. I can remember one specific instance where I was talking to a female and she found out that I was pre-med and wanted to go to medical school and she made the comments, “Oh I guess you would make a terrible boyfriend then.”, but it was kind of funny but I was glad she said it because it told me what was on her mind. That’s a very self-centered comment to make.
The Doctor’s Spouse
I took from that and other lessons in life that if I’m really sure about a path and I know that the Pre-Med Podcast and Medical School Podcast listeners are deadset on becoming physicians by and large. Some of them, their spark to going to medical school gets restarted by listening to the sound of my mesmerizing voice, right? I get emails like that every week. I’m not just being silly. I know yourselves, you’re a very inspired group of people.
Well, if you’re trying to date someone and they don’t share that support with you, they can be a distracting thing. I think it’s safe to say that if you’re not already in a committed relationship and you’re playing the field or shopping around, don’t rush it obviously, but if that person is not going to be able to help you with your journey or support you through the ups and downs of a medical education, then you can look at it like that person’s not the right one for you.
Follow Your Own Calling
If you feel driven towards this path of going into medicine, then you’re looking for things to fall in place. They don’t always for us, but when it comes to choosing a mate in life, it’s important that that person be a support help for you, and even if they don’t necessarily want to choose a medical education path, if they love you, they can demonstrate that by their actions.
Make Sure It’s Love
I will point out there, the love is not just emotion or infatuation or eroticization, anything like that. Love is a sustained, committed course of action that you’re going to be by someone’s side and support them and taking interest in their interests. That is a healthy relationship if you have nothing else. Of course, I’ll throw God in there for sure, but if you’ve got a relationship built on those principles where you’re looking out for each other, then it’s not going to become a needy game of me, me and me and self-centeredness.
I was fortunate to have found a girlfriend while still a pre-med that shared that interest and was supportive, but we didn’t talk about it a whole lot and so I’ll get to the actual question now, “How easy was it to maintain that relationship in undergrad?” We got married and I can talk about the medical school part too, but in undergrad, it was pretty easy. The only downside is premeds might be just a little bit busier than other types of students,[...]
T’was the night before Medical School
Episode 60: Carly was interviewed the night before medical school. Listen to her story of triumph and encouragement for others.
Meet Carly. A brave and bright student about to start medical school – TOMORROW!
This insider perspective is priceless. Listen to the podcast above…
New Mobile Version of MMC
Episode 59: Learn about the coming “MMC Mobile” and the seven stages of your clinical career that it will infuse!
Seven Career Stages TRANSCRIPT
Career stage number one, I call Mastermind Study Techniques. Before you ever get into seriously being ready to apply to medical school, you have to be a pretty organized person. You have to be doing pretty well. Many people that are successful doctors found that that came either somewhat natural or they were smart enough to surround themselves with people that rub off on them in a positive way and they didn’t party too much or they had a family that was a doctor and so they picked up a lot of that through tacit knowledge that is unspoken.
For a lot of us, though we’ve had to work very hard to keep up with the academics and with a mentorship and support website like mine, I hear a lot of people that are struggling out there, lots of people do, many don’t need help, professional help like me but some do, so Mastermind Study Techniques. One reason I got my email newsletter list over 3,000 subscribers was by offering a free speed reading one-on-one video that was popular for a long time and I’ve noticed it’s not really popular anymore.
I think it’s because people in what I call the YouTube age where everyone wants free advice on YouTube and then wonder why it doesn’t work have forgotten this principle that you get what you pay for. If you’re not willing to overcome that barrier of paying a fee, the higher the better, the less serious you are about following through with the results.
If it’s not painful for you and you don’t have to give something up for it, how much are you going to respect it or work for it, because at the end of the day, the Medical Mastermind Community and anything else in life that’s worthwhile is going to cost you work in time and effort. The YouTube culture, for a few years, saw people just going through the next video to learn a tip and shortcut things. The Medical Mastermind Community is here to tell you there are no shortcuts to career or job satisfaction.
If you want to be a doctor and you want to accomplish your goals, you’re not going to find a shortcut, so I really likely going to price tag on the website for that reason because I don’t like talking to people to just want something for free and aren’t satisfied, because they aren’t motivated to do the things for themselves. It’s not that I can’t help them. I’m helping you now if that happens to be you by telling you to quit doing that because if you don’t change that part about you, later in your career path, you’re going to realize that that’s a problem and so focus on your work ethic if you’re having that issue.
There are now 12 videos that I have combined all under the Mastermind Study Techniques. The old organization of the website had these videos scattered in four different places and I didn’t realize until I was re-doing this website that that was pretty hard to find, so thank you for your feedback Justin.
Basically, you’ve got about seven study videos that walk you through the Five-Step Study Method and Speed Reading, all that stuff is in there as well as how to guarantee your results with your feedback loops and basically giving you self-practice test way early and advance of the test to have time to adapt your study approach. [Inaudible 00:15:42] study techniques to force themselves that’s my favorite video of all them, so that’s about seven of them.
The other five are studying in the clinical science years. We’ve combined content that applies for both undergraduate premed students and medical students that are in their third year and beyond, even residents could benefit from that. In fact, these lectures that I put in there, I teach to interns when they come to our residency program. I teach those to doctors in their first year of training
Worst Stressors PreMeds Face Every Day
Episode 58: Today, I’m talking about the top 10 stressors experienced by freshmen college students.
Biggest Stressors PreMeds Face Every Day
Of course, these same stressors do persist throughout all of your education, not just college but medical school and beyond as well. However, I think it’s important as I do more and more research, to go earlier and earlier in the process to get a better understanding of just who wants to be a doctor anyway?
This topic today was inspired by 2 purposes. One, I recently gave that publication that I practiced with you guys in our previous podcast in which I outlined the stress of exams and the evidence-based behind different interventions for stress on the Medical School Podcast. I presented that to a group of second year medical students and it’s right now, February of 2014, and this is a period where they really ramped up in preparation for the first major licensing exam. It comes up in the summer in about June every year where second year medical students take an exam to get … it’s the first of 4 … to get their license to practice medicine.
That content covers the first entire 2 years of medical school is by far the largest volume of information covered on a single exam and just about you have ever covered in your life up until that point. The MCAT stress in many ways is a little worse just because they are intentionally testing how you think, not what you know. At least, for the licensing exams, you’ve taken the class before. For the MCAT, you kind of can’t take the class. Yes, you take your prerequisites, but they’re going throw you in the scenarios and test how you think. They’re very, very good at it.
This study … the other thing that … I should say that the other thing that inspired this podcast episode was a recent publication in the psychiatric annals in December of 2013. It’s about these top stressors and resilience in college students. In this study, there was a sample size of 644 freshmen in college from 7 different universities in United States in the east. It’s a pretty good sample size, right? They administered a couple of instruments to them that could measure stress and asked them about what the different stressors were. Then they also had some questions designed to look at resilience and what the students felt were their strengths.
I’m going to go ahead and read what they said their top 10 stressors were. I’m going to focus more on other data presented in the study, specifically about different categories of behavioral, social, and health changes that are experienced. I summed up the human experience of these particular stressors and gave you a clearer picture of the impact these type of stressors, and perhaps, the way you navigate them. Whether you’re going to do good or not with each of these top 10 stressors, how that impacts your life.
The top 10 stressors beginning with the top 1 was completing homework. Number 2, making good grades. Number 3, studying. Number 4, meeting my own academic standards. Five, procrastination. Six, a heavy workload. Seven, writing assignments. Eight, too many responsibilities. Nine, meeting deadlines. Ten, not enough time to relax.
Doesn’t that sound like our life? You see how these stressors are pervasive, that they don’t really go away? This is a pretty sophisticated study that had a lot more granular detail besides these things, but it’s so interesting to me that if we stopped the podcast right there on the top 10, you’d already have enough information to paint a perfect picture for pre-med. Probably at the top of the list, for number 1 for the pre-medical student, you had put fear of not getting in a medical school or maybe other subservient goals such as a low MCAT score or a low GPA. Those things that, at least, you believe are closely tied to MCAT and GPA, not necessarily true if you’ve