Improving medical students

How to Match Derm

Posted by medliorator on April 3, 2008

Excerpts from Dr Benabio’s 10 tips. Find the rest @ the Derm Blog:

1. Work harder than everybody around you. Imagine yourself the Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong of your medical school class. Be the first one in and the last one to leave the gross anatomy lab. Round on your surgery patients at 4.30 AM. (Yup, that means getting up at 3.30 AM). Know the surgeries you will participate in that day. Know the anatomy you will see in the OR like you know your own name.

3. Accept criticism gracefully. If your resident says you’re wrong, then you’re wrong. Move on.

4. Never complain. Never, never, never complain. Not to your classmates, not to your intern or resident, not to your attending, not to your girlfriend or boyfriend, not even to your mom.

5. Realize that life isn’t fair. Sometimes you will deserve to get a question correct or will deserve a better grade. It’s part of the game; it’s part of life. Just pick your ball up and move on to the next tee.

9. Elevate the game of everyone around you. Lead. Make your study group the best in the class, your team the best team on the wards, your class, the best class in the school.

10. Take care of your patients. In the end, it’s all about them (and about what you do for others). If, after all the above, you give up your precious exam study time to sit with a lonely patient for 10 minutes, then you have what it takes to get into dermatology.

How to Get Into Dermatology: A Life Hack [The Derm Blog]

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