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Final year students give their advice

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 21 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3372
  1. Johnson Pok-Him Tam, final year medical student
  1. University of Bristol, UK

How to thrive at medical school

Medical school may feel stressful and overwhelming at times. In this article, final year students offer advice on how to make the most of your time at medical school, so that you are better prepared for your future career.

Strike a work-life balance

Gabriella Johansson, final year medical student, University of Cambridge

Carve out some free time in your schedule to do something different from studying. Organise your time by keeping a calendar and a list of learning objectives and deadlines. This will help you keep on track and allow you to schedule time to take a break.

Balancing my studies with playing sport motivated me to be more efficient with my time. I rowed for four years and played rugby for two years, culminating in a Varsity match at Twickenham Stadium. The only year I failed an exam was when I decided to play less sport. I found that this …

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