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Unhappy med student feels like a bad egg.

Hey all,

There is something that has been bothering me for a while and I was initially hesitant as to whether should I seek for help here, but here goes.

I'm a 3rd year med student, so I'm about to finish my basic sciences and start through clinical rotations ( another 3 years). Throughout med school, I have had many struggles, with my family, my friends and my girlfriend, you name it...and I have been also a bit careless about my studies and been through some major depression for the best part of all 3 years.

My performance at med school varied widely as well, so when I'm going through problems I'd get Cs on some subjects, and when I'm in a good mood I'd get straight As. My total GBA so far is 3.2 ( shame on me). I think actually I'm an average student, or maybe below.

Putting all that aside, here is the real problem. I feel like I have learned nothing during all these years. I mean at the time of the exam I know the principles and the facts and I do well, but come and ask me two weeks later about the same subject, I'd know nothing.

I find this to be very frustraing, here I am about to do rotations and I know nothing. I'm extremely worried about this and dunno what to do. I feel like I haven't taken enough time to solidify or consolidate all the principles a med student should be really familiar with by now...

This seems even more frightening when I think about the USMLE and how hard everyone say it is. I'm not planning on taking it until my 6th year, but looking at myself now I don't see me passing it....

Anyway, right now, I have solved ALL of my problems and I became more focused than ever, and I really wouldn't be posting this unless I'm really getting things in order.

What can I do to quickly regain my grasp of medical knowledge? Am I just imagining things? Is there hope for me?

Please help....thanks for reading.
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It seems like rotations would be the perfect time to regain your lost knowledge... At the end of every day, you could use the cases you saw that day to direct your reading - I bet you know a lot more than you think you do!

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Hey all,

There is something that has been bothering me for a while and I was initially hesitant as to whether should I seek for help here, but here goes.

I'm a 3rd year med student, so I'm about to finish my basic sciences and start through clinical rotations ( another 3 years). Throughout med school, I have had many struggles, with my family, my friends and my girlfriend, you name it...and I have been also a bit careless about my studies and been through some major depression for the best part of all 3 years.

My performance at med school varied widely as well, so when I'm going through problems I'd get Cs on some subjects, and when I'm in a good mood I'd get straight As. My total GBA so far is 3.2 ( shame on me). I think actually I'm an average student, or maybe below.

Putting all that aside, here is the real problem. I feel like I have learned nothing during all these years. I mean at the time of the exam I know the principles and the facts and I do well, but come and ask me two weeks later about the same subject, I'd know nothing.

I find this to be very frustraing, here I am about to do rotations and I know nothing. I'm extremely worried about this and dunno what to do. I feel like I haven't taken enough time to solidify or consolidate all the principles a med student should be really familiar with by now...

This seems even more frightening when I think about the USMLE and how hard everyone say it is. I'm not planning on taking it until my 6th year, but looking at myself now I don't see me passing it....

Anyway, right now, I have solved ALL of my problems and I became more focused than ever, and I really wouldn't be posting this unless I'm really getting things in order.

What can I do to quickly regain my grasp of medical knowledge? Am I just imagining things? Is there hope for me?

Please help....thanks for reading.
I know exactly how you feel. I went through everything possible in medical school...and I felt like I studied so hard but my mind was always thinking about the problems I had in life. But you know I made it through med school...it was def difficult..esp when you have external factors interfering. I felt like I wasn't understanding things like I should be. It was as if I was just studying and trying to get by. And everyone would constantly be telling me that I'm sooo smart. Which kinda did annoy me because yes I know I am smart but I couldn't apply myself in medical school because everything else just interfered. But my point is...here I am studying for Step 1. I felt like I was starting from scratch because I really felt like throughout med school I didn't get the chance to fully understand concepts and such.

For the 1st time I felt like I understood everything and I wish I didn't have so many problems in medical school. But its okay. Its life things happen. Always look forward. There is a solution to everything.

I highly recommend you get FA 2011 and get the kaplan videos. I watched those towards the end of my basic sciences and wished I had watched them from the beginning. But anyway, if you watch the Kaplan videos, that is a very good start. They explain everything so well. Just watch some videos everyday and use FA along with the videos. Once you are done with Kaplan videos then listen to Goljan audios. And I am telling you ... YOU will understand SOOO much from Kaplan videos!!! It will dig you out of the hole that you are in and I totally understand how you feel. You can make it, just def try this and you will feel a lot better!!
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