How to ace medical school: a survivor's guide
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by David Brill

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Ever felt overwhelmed at medical school? Worn down by the sheer volume of information you need to learn? Wondered how on earth you are going to make it through the next few years without your brain exploding in a mushroom cloud of squidgy goop?


If so, you’re not alone. I felt that way a lot at medical school. And you know how I coped? Alcohol and hard drugs. In huge quantities. Just kidding! I coped by turning to students in the years above. Because they’ve already been there and done it, survived the lectures and placements and passed the exams and OSCEs to prove it. They’re normal human beings like you and me, and the vast majority go on to pass finals, graduate medical school and become junior doctors. They’re living proof that everything will be okay in the end, no matter how long and hard this degree may seem.

My brain at medical school. 


That’s where I come in. Having just been through medical school myself, I’ve done a ton of thinking, researching and talking to people about how to survive and get great marks without going insane in the process. To guide you along the way, I’ve boiled it all down into a brand new book called Making a Medic: The Ultimate Guide to Medical School. It covers absolutely everything you need to know, from how to study effectively in the preclinical years, to the latest websites, apps and books to use, through to mastering OSCEs, clinical placements, the Prescribing Safety Assessment and the Situational Judgement Test. 

It’s easy to read, packed full of practical tips, anecdotes and cartoons, all laid out intuitively year by year so you can quickly find the information most relevant to your stage of study. Think of me as your final-year friend, cutting through all the boring academic guff to tell you exactly what you need to know to boss your way through medical school.



I’ll be sharing some of my top tips and insights through regular blogs for Remarxs over the coming months. Stay tuned for regular updates: comment, like, share on social media and hit me up if there are any burning topics you’d like me to cover. I’d love to hear from you!





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Originally published 07 November 2019 , updated 16/06/2020

About the Author

FY2 junior doctor in North London and author of Making a Medic: The Ultimate Guide to Medical School. Sharing regular tips on how to survive medical school without going insane in the process. Graduated St George's, University of London 2018 with three distinctions, one merit and the Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics prize. Remarxs blogger since Oct 2019.

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