Am I Good Enough For Medical School? | Snapchat Q&A Session about Medical School!

Am I Good Enough For Medical School? | Snapchat Q&A Session about Medical School!

Earlier today, I asked you guys on snapchat
to submit video questions that you’d like for me to answer. Hey snapchat, I’m filming a Q&A video so submit
your questions and I will answer them. Ok! So lets get started. I have a question. What do you recommend for people who are not
morning people? I need to wake up early so what are your tips
for waking up early cause I’m not good at it. I know waking up early is really hard but
having good sleep hygiene can really help. This means avoiding phone, computer or TV
around bedtime and going to bed around the same time every day. Something helped me a lot is having a alarm
clock lamp which starts to brighten your room about 30 minutes before you have to actually
get up. I’ll put the link in the description box
if you want to check it out All these tips aside, I don’t think I’ll
ever be a true “morning person” BUT I will say that being excited for work and being
at the hospital has made waking up early a lot easier. Hi, my question for you is when did you know
you wanted to become a doctor. Was it bit by bit or did you just one day
come to a realization? I realized that I wanted to become a doctor
during my sophomore year in college when I took a neuroscience class. Originally I wanted to do either psychology
or music therapy- but after taking this class, I felt like studying medicine would give me
so many more tools to help people. Hello! My question is how and when do you meal prep
when you have such a busy schedule? Thank you and god bless! I don’t always get do meal prep these days
but I think the best time to meal prep is probably Sunday night right before the week
starts. Hi Jamie thank for making your videos! I was wondering how do breaks work in medical
school? Is there time allotted for travel? At my school, you get a summer vacation after
the first year of medical school. A lot of students did some type of global
health programs so that they could get some clinical experience but also travel at the
same time. After second year, most people use their time
off to study for STEP 1 and maybe take one week off before starting third year. The amount of vacation after second year of
med school really depends on how much time you want to give yourself to study for Step
1. During the preclinical years of medical school,
you’ll have time to take short weekend trips and maybe even slightly longer trips if your
lectures are not mandatory. My question is: What rotations are you most excited about or interested in doing? I’m probably most interested in my surgery
rotation and emergency medicine rotation. But Also I’m interested in ob/gyn rotation too. Pretty much everything is so new and interested
that I look forward to all of them. I have a lot of anxiety & stress about school;
can you please give me some tips? UMMM. I think the best way to deal with anxiety
and stress is to figure out the root cause of them. Are you anxious because you don’t feel prepared
for school? Or is it for social reasons? If you feel like it’s going to interfere
with your day to day life or if you think it’s going to keep you from achieving your
potential, it might be worthwhile to talk to something professional. There’s going to be a lot of stressful situations
in med school and I think taking good care of yourself physically and mentally is really
important. Also keep in mind, it’s totally normal to
feel nervous about new situations. I still get nervous being in the hospital
sometimes. So some level of anxiety and stress is normal
and can even be helpful. Hi Jamie, What’s been your most favorite and
least favorite part about becoming a doctor so far? I think the my favorite thing about medical
school and the whole process is the endless opportunity to better myself—you’re constantly
pushing yourself to learn more, do more, perform better… and you’re always in an environment
where you are being tested. So even if you’re not competing against
another person, you’re always competing against yourself. I feel like I’ve learned and grown so much
in the past two years and it’s been hard—definitely—but I’m really grateful for the experience. My least favorite thing about being in med
school is that it can really limit the amount of time you spend with your family and friends
outside of medical school. It’s definitely a huge time commitment and
you tend to end up saying a lot of things like “I can’t, I have to study” and
things like that. Do you prefer taking notes on the computer
or written? It depends on the class. Majority of my notes from the first two years
of med school were taken on the computer—but some classes like bio-chem or anatomy I did
more drawing or hand written notes. If you want to find out more about how I took
notes, I recently posted a video about it. You can check it out here! What’s are the best thing to major when
you’re pre-med in college? There is no such thing as “best major”
for pre-med. You’ll likely have to take certain science
classes regardless of your major to prepare for the MCAT. Academically I don’t think any particular
major can really “prepare” you for medical school. I personally think it’s best to major in
what you’re really interested in- whether that’s science related or not. Do medical schools admissions frown upon certain
amount of credits taken from a community college over the summer? From my limited experience, most schools don’t
care much about where you took certain courses. BUT there are some schools that have requirements
that say that you need to have taken certain higher level courses at a four year institution
so I think the best thing to do is check with the schools you’re applying to. If you want to read more about other people’s
experiences, I’ll post a link from student doctor network forum that talks about this
topic. Thats a good source to see what other people
have done. Hi Jamie, I’m really young but I want to be
a doctor when I grow up. For me, I was wondering what specialty are
you interested in? So I haven’t really ruled out anything but
I’m interested in emergency medicine and possibly surgery as a specialty So my question is there any technique for
reading medical texture because I really don’t know how. Or what is the best method to do that? My experience with medical school textbooks
or medical textbooks is that I would look up certain things from the index in the back
of the book and read about that topic. I never really did a straight through reading
of medical textbooks like a novel—so.. that’s my technique for reading medical textbooks. If you didn’t go to med school what else would
you be doing right now? That’s a really good question! I’m actually not sure what I would be doing
if I didn’t go to med school…. I’d have to get back to you on that. Hey Jamie can you walk us through the timeline your studying in med school like when you watch lecture, take notes, review them. Thank you! And I love your channel. I actually have a video on my study schedule
video which I’ll link right here. Right now as a 3rd year medical student I
pretty much study whenever I can (10 minutes here and there at the hospital) or when I
get home from the hospital if I’m not too tired. Hello! My question is what specific technique do
you study? Do you enjoy studying by yourself or do you
supplement that with study groups? I definitely did a mix of both. I mostly studied alone but I usually came
together with my study group closer to the exam and we would quiz each other and just
emotionally support each other right before exams Greetings from California! How do you make that perfect cup of coffee? I have to confess- my parents are HUGE coffee
fans (they roast their own beans and stuff) so I have a lot of coffee paraphernalia from
them. I think my favorite way to make coffee is
whatever that’s the easiest—so I used to use nespresso for awhile and then my parents
left their fully automatic espresso machine here with me so that’s what I’ve been
using what would you say to someone who doesn’t
think they’re good enough for med school? I think believing in yourself and trusting
yourself even in the face of failure is a really important quality for med school. Med school can be really challenging and there’s
gonna be times when you doubt yourself and feel like you’re just not good enough. But you really have to fight through those
moments of insecurity- No one is going to do that for you. Only you can build yourself back up after
making mistakes. And trust me, there will be lots of mistakes
but getting back up and learning from them is what’s going to make you a great doctor. So that’s it for the snapchat q&a session. I’m sorry if I missed your question this time
around but I’ll be doing another q&a session soon so definitely let me know if you’re submitting
your question for the second time and I’ll try to prioritize you question. I made a playlist of the past q&a videos. So I’ll link that below if you’re interested. Thank you again! Give this video a thumbs up, subscribe if
you haven’t already and I’ll see you guys in the next video. Byee! So this has been a very very frequently requested
video on how to take notes so I’ve been compiling my ideas on how I’ve been taking notes and
I just wanna share them with you guys.


  1. i am about to start my 1st year and I am very nervous as everyone is telling me repetitively that I have to study a lot no personal life please help me out with some tips thanks your videos are really inspiring keep it up

  2. Your videos are so helpful and encouraging! I love watching your vlogs, especially when you share about your experiences at medical school! I was wondering how much time you spend making youtube videos?

  3. MSICU RN here, getting ready for CRNA school. Could you do a video on how to get through long, dry readings efficiently? It's been a while since I've done academic reading and I'm not looking forward to starting lol

  4. Hey! thank you so much for your videos they really help. Can you make a video kind of regarding the last question in this video? Not in the sense of being confident about getting in med school, but if you're an average student in high school (3.5, maybe a few AP) what advice do you have? Maybe certain extracurriculars you recommend or just some things to make the non geniuses have a chance at their dream to be a doctor. Thanks!?

  5. I enjoyed this video. Thank you for your efforts and advice. You are positively impacting many people by what you do.

  6. Another very helpful and motivating video! Your are definitely an inspiration. I am a pre-med student currently in community college and due to the stigma there is towards community college, sometimes I feel as if I will not be able accomplish my dream of becoming a doctor. I know that where there is a will there is a way, but still there are times where I struggle with pessimism. I was wondering if you could do a video on maintaining a positive attitude in the path towards medicine or something along those lines. Thank you for everything that you do!!

  7. Thanks for all the advice. Watching your videos makes me feel like I have a cheat sheet for entering med school

  8. I saw you in some fitness video competition video and thought you were looking pretty good. Of course, that won't pay the bills. I don't know how much time you spend at the gym but you would be wise to prioritize, if you don't already; seems like you are getting through school alright though. Just don't let yourself go too much, once you graduate and are working like 60-80 hour weeks as an MD. I guess if anyone would know about health, it's doctors. Remember, it's all about balance in life.

  9. I've been traveling around for work and completely missed your snapchat Q&A!! 🙁 I've had a question for the longest time. what happens if you fail your step one exam? how big of an influence is it on your medical future reguarding residency programs? thanks a lot!!

  10. I think the biggest factor to succeeding in medical school is determining whether or not the juice is worth the squeeze. Medical school is a TON of work (Emphasis on a TON) and if you don't have an unrelenting determination it is easy to become frustrated and burn out. Anyone can be good enough for medical school. Finding your passion and drive early can make all the difference.

    Check out our youtube channel and watch our medical school VLOG episodes about finding your passion and study motivation! Be sure to subscribe while you are there for great advice from a 4th year medical student entering the residency match.

  11. Hey I love your channel!! Can you walk us through the Mcat timeline, when you took them, and when you started studying for Mcat's. Ps: did you start your YouTube channel in Med school? @thestrivetofit

  12. Im so sad that i was on vacation when you were collecting these questions, because my internet was sooo bad and it wouldn't send my question :((((

  13. Idk if you've answered this before somewhere, but I've noticed that students / people in general whose work ethic I really admire are often really good at making the most of their time (ie. studying for 10 min here and there or even after you came home from a long day at the hospital). I know I'm capable of doing those things when I know I absolutely have to, but I struggle with keeping up a decent study routine when I know I can get away with slacking off… It's partially a habit, but still, how do you keep on motivating yourself to go the extra mile? To not settle for decent, but go for good/great results? (even though I'm already pretty stocked about graduating with decent results, maybe that's my problem :p )

  14. I love your videos??I had a question You said you realized that you wanted to be a doctor sophomore year, did that set you back class wise

  15. Hey – thanks for all the great advice! Just letting you know that we don't take the MCAT in Australia – we take the UMAT or GAMSAT (like the UK) 🙂

  16. Heey! Thank you for your inspirational videos i love them i had a question ❤ how do you control ur self not sleeping after gym…

  17. Hey, just wondering, i'm taking anatomy and I'm finding it hard to study effectively not having 3D specimens around me. How do you effectively study anatomy at home? Also how many extra hours a week do you spend at university, apart from lectures, labs and tutorials?

  18. Do you feel starting off at a community college then later transferring to a 4 year university can harm your chances of getting into medical school or do you recommend taking all pre requisite classes at the university

  19. Hi so my aunt want me to go to med school and idk what to do .I mean it is a nice job but I have heard that is is so hard and I get stressed very easily and I THINK I MIGHT FAIL

  20. Since you said you decided on the medicine route during your sophomore year (which is a similar situation to mine), did you have enough time to finish your pre-reqs before you're supposed to take the MCAT, or did you take a gap year?

  21. Are tattoos still a strict thing? I'm not saying full on sleeve but I wanna get a lion on the bottom of my wrist and I'm nervous to get it cause I don't want it to jeopardize my career but if rules have somewhat changed then I'll do it!

  22. Hi guys! I just started a Med School Vlog, with my first video being How I survived my first week! Please check it out on my channel 🙂

  23. Hey you make so nice videos.. love from India from an Indian medical college student.. ? and I wanted to ask how much did u score in step 1?

  24. Hi, I love your videos! I have a question, do you have time for your personal life? I mean med school is so hard so it might take all of your free time.. but I can be wrong so yup.. I'm planning to become a neurosurgeon, 16 years of studying if Im right lol? I hope I'll have time for my friend and family too, Im really nervous about med school and stuff so I have to chill lol

  25. For emergency medicine and surgery, is there any difference. I know that this may sound really stupid of me but in greys anatomy the surgeons and stuff do things in the ER as well, along with performing surgery. Is this the case in real life?

  26. I am not yet in school. I am a stay at home mother and I have some free time while the baby is napping or in bed for the night. What topics/subjects would you recommend I start getting a grasp on ahead of time before doing prereqs? I was thinking A&P! Thanks!

  27. Hi, I have a question. I am looking to one day become a doctor. However, i have a couple of doubts. One is my age. I am 25 with only one semester of college completed. I feel that i will be too old when i actually start working as a doctor. Have i started too late? Also, i am thinking about becoming a nurse first then apply to Medical school. Everywhere i look i only see negative feedback on this route. However i see it as, if i dont get into med school i will have a good career to fall back on. Thoughts?


  28. Can I just ask how do you deal with all personal events like family reunions and other gatherings when you spend most of your times studying?

  29. I'm obsessed with you and your videos, I'm binge watching. And your videos reassured me about going to med school. My question is how do you pay rent or buy groceries without a part time job?

  30. How do you support yourself financially in med school ? I thought you could get a stipend but after looking into it I read it's not common.

  31. Hi there.

    I'm one of those who is lacking in confidence school, base on the past.. I'm not even in pre-med or medical school, but I do plan on going back to school and trying to get into a nursing program.. That's the plan..

    I just wanted you to know that you are one of the people who are helping me build my confidence and self esteem, my ambition and drive, and how inspirational you are, not just to younger people looking to get into med school, but to older people like me, who have been through a dysfunctional upbringing and trying to get things together..

    To be honest, I don't know how I will do.. I was never a good student. But I was also dealing with dysfunction, which lead to a lack of interest, numerous bad habits, ZERO guidance, not getting along with teachers, bad sleep hygiene and low energy, which, as you can imagine, lead to failure.. It's going to be a long, lonely journey, but even if I fail, it would be in pursuit of my dream.. My "calling", if you will..

    Wanted to say thank you.. =)

  32. major in biochem definitely! will help a LOT on the mcat, I'm a biochem major with a pschology minor and I KILLED IT on my mcats, got 90th percentile I highly recommend taking as many chemistry and biochemisty classes as possible

  33. Hello! I am currently a sophomore undergrad studying physiology. I am EXTREMELY nervous about getting accepted into medical school, so do you have any advice for me?

  34. what was your "plan b" in case you didn't get accepted into med school? (if any). how did you pick it?. I want to major in biology because I genuinely enjoy it and go to med school, but, there aren't many jobs for someone with a bachelor's or master's in biology thanks. btw I want to become an ID thank you for any response

  35. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think postgrad entrance exam in Australia is called GAMSAT and undergrad is UMAT 🙂

  36. hahah jamie must be the only youtuber
    that actually links the videos on the screen LMAO
    so many youtubers are like "click here, click here!!" but the link isn't even there (?)

  37. If you get into medical school, you are by definition "good enough" for medical school. Unless you have been affirmative actioned into a medical school – in this case you'd probably fall behind

  38. Hi Jamie, guess wha! I am on internet . Now I can write to you all the time and do my study live without downloading the videos. Thankyou for your study with me sessions. I have done very well with assignments. From Barbara Jackson.

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