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12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:28pm On Jul 30, 2014
Recently, the final MBBS results of my school was released. All of us approached the college's clinical building with fear to look at the notice board. You are never sure you've passed till you see the board.
Medicine is not for the chicken hearted. You need mental strength. It is a course you could spend years writing one exam after the other. Some give up on their own and change course.
I wish to share with you what I learnt from the medical school. Here we go.

1) SUCCESS IS GOALS.
On the night our final results were released, the Teaching Hospital environment changed. The city saw massive activities. Ladies and gentlemen gathered at cool joints to celebrate and be grateful for all the blessings life had bestowed upon them. In a certain joint, one cool guy, the wisest among us stood up in our midst and said, "Success is goals. All else is commentary"
We all nodded in agreement to his wisdom.
The exam that will take you by surprise is the one you didn't prepare for. Set goals for success.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:30pm On Jul 30, 2014
2) THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GENIUS IN MEDICINE.
People usually think that medical students are the most intelligent people. That is partly true. Usually, the most intelligent pool of students from various secondary schools apply to study medicine every year. But when they enter medical school, they must learn to drop the genius myth. We have seen the brightest chap who humbled WAEC and JAMB with high scores drop out from 2nd MBBS exam. Stuffs happen. Get ready for them. In the words of Donald Trump, " There will be no guarantees, but being prepared sure beats being taken unawares."

Burn the midnight candle to raise your chances of perpetual success.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:31pm On Jul 30, 2014
3) ANY AVERAGE STUDENT CAN STUDY MEDICINE.
There is no truer statement. In medicine, your only challenge is to just make sure you know a lot. Cram everything. Read, read and read again. No flash of genius. If I have a very intelligent child, I'll send him to study aeronautical engineering, nuclear physics, or computer engineering. Truth is that an average student can pass through medicine if he can sit down and read. For nuclear physics, what will you do with those long equations? Just asking. I consider calculus, matrix, scalars and vectors, mechanics, quantum theory of light, and every other thing involving long equations to be more difficult to crack than biology.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:32pm On Jul 30, 2014
4) NOT ALL PARAMEDICAL STUDENTS HATE MEDICAL STUDENTS; BUT THERE IS A HATE.
As a student, I enjoyed the friendship of nursing students, radiography students, medical labouratory students, and physiotherapy students. Those that like their course can give you so much fun. You can rub minds on any issue with them, from religion to romance. But there are bitter ones who wrote JAMB severally for medicine before they were offered something else. They refuse to like your pictures on facebook, and will never follow you back on twitter. When someone makes a snarl comment at you on facebook, they are the first to click like. How do you handle such people? Kill their power to hurt you by ignoring them. Get on only with the cheerful ones with healthy self esteem. They are extremely intelligent, and you can learn from them.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:33pm On Jul 30, 2014
5) MEDICAL STUDENTS ARE NOT FLIRTS. Where do we even find the time? If you have a medical student as your boyfriend or girlfriend, you can be rest assured that he or she is not cheating on you, because we have no time for that. We do not have time to gist on Nneoma's bossom, nor Amaka's straight legs. When you have been harrassed by the consultants and resident doctors for not answering basic questions on Hypertension or Diabetis during rounds, you'll discover that the firmness of Nneoma's bosom makes no sense to your career.

You have to read your books, because reading your books is your surest bet of leaving that jungle of academic intimidation and harrasment called medical school.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:36pm On Jul 30, 2014
6) TIME IS PRECIOUS. NEVER WASTE IT. That's all. You'll know this on the night before surgery long and short case exams. Suddenly, you remember all you could have read, but the big day is few hours away. Never joke with your time.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:36pm On Jul 30, 2014
7) YOU CAN PAY YOUR WAY THROUGH SCHOOL. I did it, despite the fact that I came from a middle class family where money for education at least was not a problem at all. When we were in first year, we started applying for every available scholarship. One of my guys got about 5 scholarships. We wrote for AGIP, TOTAL, SHELL, NNPC, LNGN, MTN, AGBAMI patners, Federal Government, Essay competitions that have prize money, etc. Aside scholarships, I also won national and local essay competions which had cash prizes. I put my gifting to profit. So every year, we receive lump sums of cash that are in six digits. I helped my friends and school mentees (academic children) with money. I sponsored the fellowship outreaches and Agape love weekends. I had the money.

You see, life can be so easy. Dont complain anymore.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:37pm On Jul 30, 2014
8.) AS A MEDICAL STUDENT, PRETTY LADIES WILL FALL FOR YOU EFFORTLESSLY. USE THIS PRIVILEDGE WISELY.
When I was a medical student, I often went to school of nursing building within the Teaching Hospital to go and read. I noticed how nicely those girls greet me once they knew I was a medical student. They were all pretty, lovely ladies. I seized the chance. At every opportunity I get, I share with them timeless principles for living from the Bible.

One day, I put a word to one of their lecturers who permitted me to organise a closed door seminar for the nursing students. The hall was colorful and packed to the brim on the seminar day. When I was introduced, I rose up I taught them all I knew about life, faith and success. I did more of this later on, in the main University campus, till I left school.

Use your chances intelligently, guarded with integrity. It could be the small beginning of greater things.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:38pm On Jul 30, 2014
9) TALK LESS, DO MORE.
I have observed that proud people do not always deliver during exams. They love to brag. Sometimes, they repeat a class even. Never engage in an academic discussion that seems determined to declare who knows most, and who knows least. Shut up your mouth and win such arguments through results. Let your results show on the board when the chips are down.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:38pm On Jul 30, 2014
10) SMART WORK PLUS NETWORK MAKES HARDWORK LOOK ORDINARY.
True talk! I have observed that most lecturers' children pass exams at one sitting, not because they have the questions before the exam day. Far from it. They simply know the secrets of hitting it once. Their parents, who are also doctors share experiences with them and mentor them. While we are killing ourselves with Last's Anatomy textbook, the lecturer's daughter has been told that the questions always come from Keith Moore's Anatomy textbook.
We work hard, they work smart.
They can connect also with their parents' connections (other lecturers) for leverage if they are ever met in a viva room with the same lecturer. You can't resist giving your colleagues daughter maximum marks in oral exams. That's network.

Smart work plus network beats hardwork.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:39pm On Jul 30, 2014
11) YOU NEED PEOPLE.
Reach out to your classmates and lecturers. Nobody goes far in life in isolation.

In my long case surgery exam, the two consultant surgeons that examined me were not just my teachers. They were my friends. We are all in the Gilead Medical Team in my church (Winners' Chapel). They knew me to be honest, so their wives and little kids soon fell in love with me. I go to their house to eat rice and chicken on sundays, and to cool off from the stress of school.

So when I met them in my surgery long case, I talked with confidence. I answered all the questions they asked me. Perhaps it was my mindset that they will never ask me a question to fail me that made me attempt all the questions as if they were cheap.

I got maximum mark in sugery long case that day. I got 58/100. I know you're wondering why 58 is a maximum mark right? Well, its a tradition in my school. I don't know for other medical schools in Nigeria. No one gets above 60 in oral exams, even if you quote things as it is given in textbooks and notebooks. 60% is like 100% in oral exams. This then means that your chances of failing and repeating in medical school is very high since pass mark is 50%.

Reach out in friendship to people today. Join associations. They help too.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 9:42pm On Jul 30, 2014
12) YOU NEED GOD.
I put this last, but it is the most important thing I learnt in medical school. You can not fail when God is with you. But even if you fail any exam and God is with you, you didn't fail at all. Your day of glory is just a stone throw away. Never ever give up. Later success will make the friends that left you to come back; this time, no longer as friends but as fans.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Nobody: 9:42pm On Jul 30, 2014
this write-up looks convincing, but ama stick to Bus. Admin

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Nobody: 9:43pm On Jul 30, 2014
"The most intelligent pool of students from various secondary schools apply to study medicine..." Where did you get that "fact" from?

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Nobody: 9:51pm On Jul 30, 2014
smurfy: "The most intelligent pool of students from various secondary schools apply to study medicine..." Where did you get that "fact" from?
the writer might not be a pro & he (or she) said that coz of being a medical student

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by davno: 10:10pm On Jul 30, 2014
CONGRATS DEAR!

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by eunisam: 10:26pm On Jul 30, 2014
U need God.You can not
fail when God is with you. But
even if you fail any exam and God is with you, you didn't fail
at all. Your day of glory is just
a stone throw away. Never
ever give up. Later success will
make the friends that left you
to come back; this time, no longer as friends but as fans.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by chimexcomm(m): 11:53pm On Jul 30, 2014
Well said
Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by chimexcomm(m): 11:54pm On Jul 30, 2014
Well said, but that does not mean that other courses are irrelevant

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Krasid(m): 11:58pm On Jul 30, 2014
Nice write up.
Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Capableben(m): 12:23am On Jul 31, 2014
How many years does a degree in medicine last. Now I am in a dilemma, chemical engineering or medicine, which should I go for?
Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 12:36am On Jul 31, 2014
Mods, pls help me do the needful. Front page pls. Thanks a lot in advance.
Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mentorandfriend(m): 12:45am On Jul 31, 2014
Capableben: How many years does a degree in medicine last. Now I am in a dilemma, chemical engineering or medicine, which should I go for?
What are your strengths? If you are very good in mathematics and physics, but bad in biology, you have to go for engineering.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Omonoba1: 1:42am On Jul 31, 2014
beautiful! nice one op...more oil to your head..

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by mstik(f): 1:52am On Jul 31, 2014
^^^^^^ undecidederm, elbow

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by nairamaverick(m): 1:59am On Jul 31, 2014
nice write up
Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Nobody: 2:58am On Jul 31, 2014
70% true! cool
'Smart work and not hard work'-any medical student who doesn't understand this would over-suffer in med school. sad

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by DermalCarotene(f): 3:46am On Jul 31, 2014
mentorandfriend: 10) SMART WORK PLUS NETWORK MAKES HARDWORK LOOK ORDINARY.
True talk! I have observed that most lecturers' children pass exams at one sitting, not because they have the questions before the exam day. Far from it. They simply know the secrets of hitting it once. Their parents, who are also doctors share experiences with them and mentor them. While we are killing ourselves with Last's Anatomy textbook, the lecturer's daughter has been told that the questions always come from Keith Moore's Anatomy textbook.
We work hard, they work smart. They can connect also with their parents' connections (other lecturers) for leverage if they are ever met in a viva room with the same lecturer. You can't resist giving your colleagues daughter maximum marks in oral exams. That's network.
But do anatomy questions normally come from Keith Moore's textbook of anatomy??

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by shadowwalker101: 4:37am On Jul 31, 2014
hmm nice post am learning too
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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by An0nimus: 4:40am On Jul 31, 2014
Nice post. What caught my eyes is the I-know-more-than-you discussions in the uni back then.I hhardly spoke at those meetings, preferred listening to them gurus talk.

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by Roland17(m): 4:44am On Jul 31, 2014
Intelligent write-up and very practical, my favorite is the work smart which can be interpreted as READING SMART academically..

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Re: 12 Things I Learnt From The Medical School by aryzgreat: 4:56am On Jul 31, 2014
Congrats on passing ur MBBS, anyway we Engrs rock.

Rugged guys owns d globe

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