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    DR.FATIN is offline Permanently Banned 513 points
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    Tips on Medical Student Well-Being

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    Notes for Concerned Medical Students
    by Patch Adams, M.D.
    1. Don't wait until you are on the wards to practice and develop your interviewing skills... start now! Interview everyone with as great a depth as you dare. Medicine's fundamental thrill is intimacy. Find that kind of demeanor in yourself that delights others so they tell you their tales Be ecstatic for the gift that people give you in love, trust and intimacy. Find a way to let this journey together stimulate you and fill you with the excitement of a new friend.
    2. As you explore the glorious mechanisms of your body and life, let it electrify you in wonder and curiosity. Never get complacent over the miracle of life. Live in awe. Let this be the focus of your education...not your grades, which tell you nothing about the kind of doctor you will be. (When I was in medical school, I told them never to notify me about my grades unless I failed... which became very freeing.)
    3. Do not let the cost of education paralyze you. It is a privilege that you are so fortunate to be in school. When you finish you will pay your loans back as soon as you can. If you choose service-oriented Medicine, its gift is payback enough until funds come in. Don't let the debt trap you in a repugnant practice. Here creativity and exploration make great playmates. There is no debtor's prison. Community support can be key here.
    4. Cultivate intimacy with the health professionals and professors you respect. Invite yourself to their homes. Establish a thriving dialogue. Ask to come into their practice. Reach out for the same intimacy with aides, orderlies and nurses as you do with doctors and patients. The word here is friendliness, wherever you go in life; it will make your day thrilling.
    5. Please have support groups. Support in study. Support in play. Find like minds and fantasize your medical interests and futures. Practice being very deep and intimate with each other. Hold nothing back.
    6. Please get involved in the politics of Medicine from the very beginning. Belong to the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA), American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Office of Student Representatives (OSR) of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), etc. Go to the meetings, especially the big ones, and talk with everyone. There is gold everywhere. Many are thinking about the same things you are. Your fantasy Medical practice may sprout in this climate.
    7. Yes, fantasize your most outlandish Medical fantasy. Your degree in Medicine is the freedom to choose exactly how you want to practice. The only limiting factors will be your fears and imagination. Band together and soar.
    8. Focus on Medicine as service. Medicine as a business is hurting everyone. The rewards in Medicine are in helping others and in self-discovery. Giving is an intoxication, intimacy is a by-product. Brace yourself for an avalanche of love.
    9. This is a whopper. Have outside interests! You are not a doctor. You are a person who has studied Medicine. You are all of your other interests just as well. Nurture all of your loves. Experiment with ways of integrating your interests with you Medicine. Weave these interests into the relationships you have with your patients. Be open to learning things from them... you will love the bonds that form.
    10. Finally, do not sacrifice your family for your Medical career. What you learn in keeping your family vibrant will serve you greatly with your patients. Please cherish your significant others, your lovers, your children, your parents, and feel the great health their love fives you. See your friends as a part of your family.

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    jwsfhas is offline Newbie 510 points
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    I hope you make friends

    I hope you make friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by DR.FATIN View Post
    Notes for Concerned Medical Students
    by Patch Adams, M.D.

    Finally, do not sacrifice your family for your Medical career. What you learn in keeping your family vibrant will serve you greatly with your patients. Please cherish your significant others, your lovers, your children, your parents, and feel the great health their love fives you. See your friends as a part of your family.
    I like this note the best.. We really don't have to sacrifice our family with our studies and careers.. They are still the one who guided us and they are big parts of our lives.. Thanks for this!

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    My top tip on Tips on Medical Student Well-Being...

    Study standing up.

    Far less self help than above I know but works for me.

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    Joseph Andrew is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Hello,I like this note i think this is the best. They are still the one who guided us and they are big parts of our lives.Thanks for the shearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwsfhas View Post
    I hope you make friends
    Friends are important when you are studying. Just not ones that distract you.

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    Above all, form in study breaks and remunerates for study periods finished. Breaks ought to be time subordinate, not content ward (completing certain material). Steady work prompts wastefulness when you are drained.

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    Having friends is a plus

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    I totally agree with "Focusing on medicine as service" but since a medical student has been busy studying almost everyday, I suggest that you need some time also to work out or relax a bit. It is correct too that you'll need to socialize once in awhile with friends.

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    Thanks, for sharing this informative post with us. Share these tips with other medical students who studying at All Saints University in the MD degree program. Share more tips with us for helping medical students.

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