Arguably one of the most challenging educational feats involves the healthcare field. Students aspiring to become doctors know this for a fact, but go on and take the challenge nevertheless, confident and happy. But in the end, many students decide to drop all their efforts and ultimately, give up. According to TheGuardian.com, this is a common situation faced by many medical students in the Caribbean and everywhere else because in general, medical school elicits a roller coaster of emotions such as excitement and fulfillment that, without warning, can turn to fear, anxiety and even depression.

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As a hopeful doctor, it is important to be a personable and well-rounded individual who knows how to navigate the stressful and challenging path to that dream career. Here are 4 top tips for making sure the challenges push students to the limit so they become the best at what they do:

“You’re not alone.”

With more than 70 medical schools in the Caribbean, there are several students who share the same experience. From day one up to the last day of school, a lot of hopeful physicians have gone through, or are going through the tough days. For medical students on the verge of giving up, it helps to know that it’s all part of the process—and that they are not alone. Students need to learn to come to terms with this reality early on in the semester.

Time management is everything.

It’s not uncommon to find medical students in the Caribbean getting drowned in a lot flood of information—literally having tons of books around them seemingly dictating their lives. The trick is to understand and master the art of time management to be able to keep in balance the various elements that come together at a time. The responsibilities of a medical student entail a lot of juggling, after all.


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Seek guidance.

It’s important to have people to keep you sane amidst all the tasks and the expectations attached to them. It’s crucial to have the perspective of knowledgeable, experienced people in the field for guidance. It is equally important to keep people who can provide support and encouragement such as family and friends. As these people just make everything easy, it doesn’t hurt to ask or engage in positive inspiring and reassuring conversations. This is especially helpful for medical students who are having doubts about their chosen medical field. It is important to talk it out with someone who truly knows and with a genuine intention to offer help.

Forge friendships in school.

For sociable individuals who cope better when they’re with people, being involved in a medical society within the academe helps. Take part in school events and sports for that pleasant distraction. Forge friendships and grow your network to include non-medic acquaintances and friends. All these can help you shake off the pressure and keep a balanced life as a medical student.

Take it easy and learn to enjoy.

While success is important; no one should take fun and recreation for granted. Medical school days often translate to burnout and stress, and students find themselves working incredibly harder than they ever did. The remedy? Have clean, responsible fun that allows you to recharge.